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.
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
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]
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
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 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]
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]
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]
In the past, some medical device designers have insisted on designing each new project from scratch, afraid to standardize and re-use hardware and software elements. This stretches out development times and increases the likelihood of software and component issues in development and down the road.
Thinking strategically about product design—building projects around proven, reliable components and concentrating development efforts on customizing the features that will distinguish the product from the competition—brings better... [More]
It is always such a treat to hear that our products have really made a difference for our customers. Recently, I spoke with Jim Salow, Application Lifecycle Manager at GE Healthcare, and discover how IBM Rational Quality Manager has help them automate their once paper based processes and eliminated over 700 binders of documentation!
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For non-regulated industries such as semiconductors, reusing parts of design is already common practice. However, the typical reuse is at a very granular level focusing on certain components within a circuit. As time to market time continues to shrink, companies must modularize larger pieces of design to expedite development. This webcast will discuss the different elements of semiconductor design that could benefit from increased reuse and showcase an effective way on managing variants of design.
WHEN: July 10, 2014 2:00PM EDT
Development speed and time to market is the number one concern among most electronics companies. Demanding consumers combined with fierce competition and geographically unique features are pressuring companies to develop more innovative products and more variants of their products. This webcasts discuss the ability to effectively reuse components of innovation/design to expedite development and feature customization. This will cover the concept of strategic reuse and ideas in PLE, version/variant management, and modular design.
WHEN: May... [More]
With development time and cost constantly being squeeze, how can companies become more efficient and capture the most from their development investments? In this podcast, listen in as we discuss the concept of strategic reuse, its connection to continuous engineering and its application to product development.
Listen as Joanne and I discuss the concept of strategic reuse and how it can expedite product development.
For more information on strategic reuse, we will be having a series of short webcasts to discuss... [More]
From 4k TVs to healthcare wearables, the consumer electronics industry is not only diverse in the types of products but also expansive in covering multiple aspects of the consumer's life. These electronic products are innovating at lightning speeds and are facing challenges that are new to this industry. Factors such as certification, safety, and extensive connectivity are essential to modern day consumer electronics. In this podcast, listen as we explore these new challenges of consumer electronics and discuss how to turn these challenges... [More]
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]