#designandtest - The increasing complexity of software in smarter products
Companies who develop products traditionally composed of both mechanical and electrical elements are now finding that to provide the innovative features our population's appetite for technology is demanding, they increasingly need to deliver software-based products. But as embedded software becomes increasingly complex, the challenges in successful product design and development rise.
Products we rely on everyday, such as automobiles, electronics, and medical devices, can have hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of lines of code, all of which interact and communicate to enable the product to run smoothly. Just one minor defect in one line of code can affect the operation of the entire system, and can delay getting the product to market, add significantly to development costs, and worse, lead to product recalls.
To help organizations manage this rising product complexity without slowing development, IBM Rational and National Instruments (NI) partnered to create an industry-first solution to integrate the design and test stages of product development – two phases that have historically been separate, in silos and uncommunicative. Integrating the development and test environments helps identify defects earlier, automates testing to eliminate manual processes, exponentially frees up time engineers spend on tests, boosts accuracy, and breakdowns barriers between departments to increase collaboration through development lifecycle visibility.
Danfoss, a manufacturer of products that save energy, costs and reduces CO2 emissions for customers, used the IBM and NI software-based design and test solution to decrease expense, make continuous improvements and improve quality, while delivering products to market faster and allowing their engineers to get back to what they do best: innovating. Aside from increasing the company's competitive advantage, Danfoss found that higher-quality, longer lasting components and devices meant customers could achieve lower carbon emissions, better ROI, and can get back to focusing on their business.
Danfoss isn’t the only company relying on integrated design and test solutions. As products get smarter and become more interconnected, the need to break down silos between design and test will continue to become more critical than ever.
Follow the hashtag “#designandtest” to join us on Thursday, July 18th at noon EDT for a Twitter chat with Chris Preimesberger, editor of eWEEK Magazine, and executives from NI and IBM. They'll be discussing the increasing complexity of software in smarter products, and how aligning design and test teams with support from software tools can help deve
Chris Washington is the segment manager for Software Validation and Real-Time Testing at National Instruments. During his tenure at NI, Washington has served as the product manager for NI VeriStand, LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module, LabVIEW State Chart Module, and LabVIEW for embedded applications. Prior to these roles, he spent three years in Detroit, MI, as a field engineer where he provided consulting and support services for various applications, such as hard
Ms. Meg Selfe is responsible for all aspects of IBM’s new Smarter Physical Infrastructure Initiative within the Software Group including strategy, sales, marketing, solution and product delivery and development. The new initiative integrates the lifecycles of our client’s systems engineering/product development processes with the lifecycle associated with that product as an asset that needs to be managed and optimized over many years. This initiative will unite the physical infrastructure with the development process in ways that our clients within the automotive, aerospace & defense, transportation and energy & utilities industries have been requesting so that their front and back offices can unite in meaningful ways.
Meg Selfe has over 20 years of executive and engineering experience with leadership positions at IBM, Delphi, Motorola and General Motors. Meg has three patents in the area of engine management and is a graduate of GMI Engineering and Management Institute with a bachelor degree in electrical engineering. She also has a Masters of Science and Engineering Management from The University of Michigan. In Meg’s spare time, she serves on the board of trustees for Abilities Beyond Disabilities which is a not for profit organization in the NY and CT areas.
Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source.
Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University.
He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.