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.
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]
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]
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
Mia McCroskey,... [More]
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]
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.
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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]
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!
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]