Whether you build multi-core system-on-chips, carrier-grade network equipment, or life-saving medical devices, come join the conversation on how to lead the innovation agenda for electronics industry while addressing the complexity challenge.
In the current Electronics market with the pressures of fierce competition and empowered consumers, having the right products at the right time is pivotal to success. Electronics companies are doing everything in their power to shorten time-to-market and get the most relevant products to the customers as quickly as possible. As everyone focuses on speed, it becomes important to note the similarities and differences of innovation speed and development speed.
Listen as Marty and I discuss the characteristics of these two speeds and... [More]
The $1,000 genome is here and genomic diagnostics are moving into the clinic. But it’s still not clear what that will look like. Will there be “big-iron” central facilities, like the data processing centers of the pre-PC era? Will there be a desktop-computer-sized lab-on-a-cart in hospital wards and doctors’ offices, like the EKGs rolled out for physicals? Or could we actually see a hand-held Star Trek Tricorder? The demands of clinical practice will shape the design space of future devices for clinical... [More]
It is important to first state that Moore’s Law is in fact not a natural law but an observation. Moore’s Law characterizes the growth of transistors in integrated circuits as doubling every 2 years and has long been used as a guide for product development in the semiconductor industry. From a consumer’s perspective, this phenomenon has manifested itself into faster processing speeds in CPUs, larger capacities in memory and more pixels in pictures. However exponential growth cannot be sustained indefinitely. Modern... [More]
Recently, I have seen a lot of discussion about how to educate senior management about Agile development. An example is a talk I recently attended by Jason Tanner focused on Teaching Agile/Scrum to management. The talk itself was very interesting and useful.
My only issue with the whole discussion was in many cases in order to get a company to adopt Agile company-wide you need to first explain the business benefits to senior management. This is a classic chicken and egg problem. You need to quickly relate Agile to a... [More]
January is all about new. As a token to the new year, I would like to introduce something new to the Electronics blog...ME!
My name is Jiani (pronounced "Johnny") Zhang and I am the new Global Marketing Manager for Electronics and Telco Industries for Rational.
I believe I was born with a love for tech. As a child of two Electrical Engineers, it's no surprise that I had an affinity to electronics. I built my first circuit using my dad's breadboard and resistors when I was six. Consequently, it only made sense for... [More]
One of the big changes the electronics industry is facing is how and when to automatically collect data from ranges of devices and pass them to other machines. This is generally called M2M (Machine to Machine) and IoT (Internet of Things), I recently attended a talk on this subject. The link to a blog with the slides is located at http://blog.masstlc.org/2014/01/masstlc-launches-internet-of-things.html
Overall session was very well attended and the speaker was by Peter Coffee from salesforce.com. The general theme was... [More]
Meet the Expert: Jordi Manzano, R&D Instruments, Diagnostic Grifols, S.A.
Jordi Manzano has almost 15 years of systems and software development experience in the medical sector. He has worked as an engineer, project manager and currently as software quality assurance manger and deputy director of R&D at Grifols, a global healthcare company. His experience covers: in-vitro diagnostic instrumentation for immunohematology, immunology and hemostasis, medical devices for angiography and organ perfusion and devices for pharmacy... [More]
In the May chat , Wayne Carrigan, Rational Deployment Architect, had shared the IBM Systems and Technology Group’s (STG) Agile Transformation journey with us. As a follow up he did a podcast recently deep diving into how the small internal STG IT team that supports a diverse set of projects uses IBM Rational development tools to codevelop hardware and software. The integrations between these tools allow them to leverage scarce resources and still get the job done in a very efficient manner.
He is also,... [More]
Join us for a customer panel discussion where experts in top companies from across various industries, discuss why they consider IBM Rational DOORS the best tool for managing requirements in their projects. In this webcast panel, participants share their journey of becoming experts in DOORS, features and capabilities, as well as tips & tricks in using the product. Don't miss this opportunity to have an interactive discussion with the experts of IBM Rational DOORS.
Paul Lusardi, NuScale
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Medical device companies have to find ways to compete with lower-cost competition worldwide. Staying ahead means diversifying products and product portfolios by building a strong pipeline of new capabilities and variants in the marketplace. The challenge is making the right product decisions and injecting the right features and functions at the right time – while balancing risks and returns. You must capture and understand the strengths and weaknesses of proposed product functions - analyzing your risk, balancing your... [More]
I’ve been following with keen interest as network infrastructure equipment manufacturers (NEMs), including IBM, have had to quickly respond with market messaging and product strategies for software defined networking (SDN).
In simple terms, key attributes of SDN include:
migrating the control plane logic away from a switch or router to a central controller
gaining a centralized view and single point of control for the network
enabling programmability of the network by external applications
The role of embedded software is growing exponentially in electronics systems and quality in these systems is no longer a differentiator – it is a necessity for success. Increasing development time or cost is not an option; therefore engineers must evolve their techniques to remain competitive.
Join us for this special webinar to see how you can:
Gain the benefits of automating change and defect management with traceability throughout the entire project lifecycle
Increase test throughput with automated test... [More]
While competition within the electronics industry is not new, customer expectations have forced the compression of product life cycles and accelerated product innovation. This innovation is increasingly being driven by the software embedded within devices and systems.
When combined with the integrated and interconnected nature of electronics, product development complexity has risen to new levels. To remain competitive and profitable, your company must find new efficiencies in your engineering design and software development processes.
Escalating complexity caused by interconnected systems and expanding partner design networks is the new normal for the electronics industry. And continually shrinking product life cycles are forcing businesses to innovate products and services faster than ever and at lower cost. These factors, combined with increased competition, have squeezed profit margins to razor-thin levels.
The requirements management solution for electronics from IBM provides the ability to meet these challenges. Using the market leading IBM® Rational®... [More]
As you know, more and more of our everyday products, from cars to coffee makers, are becoming software based. And one misstep in the thousands of lines of code it takes to make these products run can have results that are frustrating to fatal.
We need new approaches to dissolve the historic silos between design and test to help companies overcome this challenge, helping them to deliver smarter, safer products faster, with less cost. We need innovative solutions to free up manual test time, and let engineers get back to what they do best:... [More]