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.
Electronics is everywhere! And Electronics is fun! You find it in your kitchen, office, doctor’s office, and even this blog is powered by electronics. Come join the conversation with our electronics experts on how to lead the innovation agenda for electronics industry while addressing the complexity challenge . Brainstorm solutions to develop smarter electronic systems leveraging solutions for product management, requirements management, architecture and design, collaboration, change and configuration management, and quality management. Share... [More]
Introducing the Rational Solution for Electronic Design In working with the semiconductor and custom ASIC
industries the design challenges that keep coming up are time to market,
complexity, and cost of recall/redesign. These issues have become more acute as
the rise of mobile platforms (smart phones, tablets) has increased the demand
for the industry to put more functionality into small packages.
What makes this even more challenging is the need for
hardware and software teams to work closely together to build a complete... [More]
Gone are the days when software developers would wait for the latest release of a chip or board and then determine how to use it; today software frequently drives hardware choices. This has led to several challenges for companies building smarter products including: Poor collaboration among hardware and software development teams (different tools, terminology) Significant challenges integrating software and hardware, leading to late product launches Increasing amount of software Need to meet regulatory compliance Today, it is critical for... [More]
Organizations today are increasingly recognizing the benefits of using agile development to allow developers to build products faster. While most large corporations see definite advantages in using the agile approach, organizations are lost when it comes to managing the different metrics across projects. Many organizations continue to use traditional project metrics and struggle to map these to the agile metrics. With agile development becoming mainstream there is an increasing need for an automated metric gathering approach that would relieve... [More]
The Systems and Technology Group team used IBM Rational ClearQuest software to improve efficiencies and reduce development costs. STG increased systems development processes and program management efficiency, reduced development and warranty costs and increases parts reuse and virtually eliminated abandoned projects. IBM Rational ClearQuest has proven so effective that it is currently being used by 25,000 engineers and programmers at 35 labs in 17 countries. Watch the STG video below or on YouTube: “ Accelerating hardware and software... [More]
When building safety critical software it is very important to build into the steps of your development process a way to show compliance to the relevant standards. For an industry like medical devices this could mean meeting a standard like IEC 62304 which talks about software traceability through everything you build. In order to have everything lined up for easier approval it is important to have data like FMEA (Fault Mode and Effects Analysis) charts. The issue is how do you fully analyze fault modes with the complexity of cascading faults... [More]
Electronics fuel innovations in many industries. As a result, electronics firms are under constant pressure to deliver this innovation on time and within budget, while contending with rapidly changing technologies, increasing product complexity and strict compliance and safety standards. Additionally, firms must typically coordinate project tasks across a global marketplace with an international supply chain. To help meet these difficult challenges, IBM Rational offers a set of solutions and products for several electronics industry segments,... [More]
I have recently co-authored a developerWorks article with Jordi Manzano of Diagnostic Grifols covering how you can adopt agile approaches within a highly regulated environment. Although the article is about how agile development practices can be
adopted in the medical device field, the approach can be easily adopted
by organizations working in other regulated fields.
In general, medical device regulations do not enforce a fixed development lifecycle, but development activities are often presented as if they have to be followed... [More]
Are you eager to lead the innovation in medical devices, network equipment & semiconductor industries? We will be hosting the IBM Rational Electronics Symposium in San Jose, on April 18. Paul Brody, IBM Global Industry Leader, Electronics will discuss how we can lead the next wave of software innovation. Whether you build multi-core system-on-chips, carrier-grade network equipment, or life-saving medical devices, come learn how IBM Rational and its partners enable engineering organizations to innovate while increasing agility and... [More]
I’ve developed a number of medical devices in my career
ranging from cardiac pacemakers to integrated anesthesia systems. As many of
you know, I’m also a big proponent of agile methods, primarily as a means of
improving quality but also as a way of improving engineering efficiency. For most people, finding published
information on how to apply agile methods to regulated, safety-critical systems
is difficult. I’ve tried to fill this gap with books such as “Real-Time Agility”
I just read a really interesting post by Paul Brody, IBM Global Leader for Electronics Industry, where he discusses how 3D-prininting is more than a manufacturing technology, it is a software-enabled ecosystem. We are already seeing 3D-printing in production in medical devices like prosthetic and dental implants. This is helping improve living standards, and can perhaps even prolong life. I wonder how performance improvements and new software innovations for such technologies will impact the cost of production and product and application... [More]
Paridhi: You were recently in Barcelona attending the Mobile World Congress. Can you share some highlights from the event. Leigh: One of the things that stood out to me at Mobile World Congress 2013 was the large number of new mobile operating systems that were introduced during the event . There was a large and visible Ubuntu Touch booth, easily recognizable with its orange coloring. Nearby was the Mozilla Firefox OS pavilion. And Samsung is now championing Tizen (Linux kernel plus WebKit runtime) and then there is tiny Sailfish which is a... [More]
Creativity and collaboration help product development teams
build better products. Group based games develop creativity and collaboration.
This means the right games can help develop better product. This is the basic premise
that agile game conferences like agile games 2013
which I attended last week.
During this conference developers there many different
:games” played among participants, which were anyone from scrum masters to developers
to architects, etc. I attended a session where we collaborated using legos to
Paridhi: What challenges do the medical devices companies face today?
Kim: The challenges facing medical devices companies are in many ways the same as those facing all other product development companies. These include increased competition and need to sell into global markets, and the need to reduce development time and time to market. In addition, medical device companies face specific challenges that are not so common.
They need to meet strict regulatory regimes that vary between markets and demand proof of compliance.... [More]
Here are some highlights from the April 18, San Jose, Rational Electronics Symposium event.
Paul Brody, IBM Global Industry Leader, Electronics, gave a very fascinating keynote speech . He talked about how we are now living in a software defined world and what it means.
Software is managing everything and it's going to get even more pervasive. The software-mentality is invading hardware as well, taking over manufacturing as well with 3D printing and advanced robotics. However, there's only one problem with the... [More]
The world relies on electronics to achieve real business outcomes and enhance personal lives. Electronics fuel innovation in many other industries and sectors. Whether you build multi-core system-on-chips, carrier-grade network equipment, or life-saving medical devices, come to Innovate 2013 to learn how IBM Rational and its partners enable engineering organizations to innovate while increasing agility and managing complexity.
10 great reasons:
1. Build sustained innovation through systems engineering and software... [More]
Paridhi: What challenges was STG facing when it started its transformation journey?
Wayne: The challenges were not unlike the rest of the industry. Demands for shorter development cycles, focus on deliver to the customer what matters, and high quality.
Paridhi: Why did STG decide to go agile and how did they do it?
Wayne: I’ve never been called an agile purist, so while the agile concepts have definitely taken hold and helped STG, we realized it is okay to have a hybrid development process... [More]
Agile success stories are commonplace in the IT domain, but little has been published about agility for embedded, product line systems and Telecommunications industry.
In his new article, Harry Koehnemann, Director of Technology, 321 Gang delves into the details of one embedded product organization’s adoption of IBM® Rational Team Concert™ to support their agile engineering practices. He explains how their hardware, software, and project management teams collaborate, their use of agile techniques, and their migration to... [More]
Join the May 29, 2013 Webcast: Diagnostic Grifols: Being Agile While Still Being Compliant
Wed, 29 May 2013
Time: 1:00 PM EDT / 10:00 AM PT / 17:00 UTC/GMT
Duration: 60 Mins
Although Medical Device regulations do not enforce a fixed life cycle model, activities are presented in a sequential manner hinting at a waterfall process. Meanwhile, for a decade or more, software teams have benefitted from Agile development methods. There’s a number of Medical Device manufacturers... [More]
Test Virtualization is critical to allow CSPs, communication service providers like AT&T, Verizon, Orange, etc collaborate with the network equipment manufacturers. Without this virtualization it is tough for these groups to understand the complete network topology in a specific customer situation without having to bring up an entire network just for testing purposes. This is very costly, time consuming and many times impossible given the fact that tests are occurring before some hardware is even available.
There are five days to go until Innovate 2013: The IBM Technical Summit begins!
Come to Innovate 2013 where IBM's industry focus is sharper than ever! You'll learn ways to improve the practices, predictability, and economics of software and product delivery in the context of your industry needs. Also, don't miss out on this valuable opportunity to network with your peers.
For more details on industry presence read the "... [More]
For those who attended the event, I hope you enjoyed it, learnt a lot and made new connections!
For those who couldn’t make it this year, here is a series of very interesting and informational blogs by Andy Gurd, Worldwide Go-to-Market Manager, Product & Systems Development solutions, Rational Software.
From Innovate 2013: It’s nearly time to say Goodbye and thanks for all the fish, reptiles and mammals!
From Innovate 2013: Lean on Me – Ries, Woz and Beer!
At a glance, the Chinese consumer electronics (CE) market may look similar to that of the U.S. You can easily spot big electronics retail chain stores featuring a wide range of famous CE brands. However, you will soon see the difference when you actually start shopping.
The Chinese CE market is truly different. It also has unique characteristics in terms of consumer buying behaviors, product innovation and channel dynamics.
Hyuk Jae Lee , Global Electronics Stryker, Marketing, Sales, Service Transformation Lead, Global Business... [More]
Agile development allows the developers to build products quicker.
One issue that organizations have in migrating to Agile is understanding project completion and how to manage the different metrics across projects. Another issue is the metrics capture process for an Agile team becomes quite burdensome, if it isn't automated.
Typical agile metrics are things like burndown and velocity. Mapping these concepts to traditional project status like percent complete and expected ship date can become onerous.
Listen to Martin... [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]
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]
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.
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]
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
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]