Engineering Lifecycle Optimization

Deliver quality quickly. Defeat the competition.

Your high velocity challenge

Engineering management

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What is Engineering Lifecycle Optimization?

ELO provides a consistent reporting framework

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Establish the process

A smooth process facilitates a positive outcome

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Achieve full visibility

Success depends upon cohesion, traceability and compliance

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Stay informed

Better information facilitates better decisions

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Integrate and consolidate data

A myriad of sources create a multitude of issues

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IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization

A high velocity solution to a high stakes problem

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Engineering Lifecycle Optimization


Introduction: Your high velocity challenge

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Whatever it is you’re creating, you’ve got to design it more quickly. Develop it more rapidly. Test it more swiftly. Get it to market as fast as you possibly can. Flawlessly. Before your competition beats you to it.

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Over the past few years, the growing complexity of software and product development has necessitated the introduction of powerful new tools for engineering lifecycle management (ELM).

These tools have helped streamline processes and harness the torrent of data created throughout the engineering lifecycle. But the volume of data has multiplied exponentially, more distributed participants have become engaged, and increasing regulations and standards have created additional challenges.

It’s become necessary to optimize the process.

We’d like to show you how.

With new technologies and tools, you can more easily shepherd your initiative from ingenious idea to celebrated innovation. Please read on to find out how you can accelerate your processes while you meet the exacting demands of impatient business managers, satisfy exacting regulators, and keep pace with the expectations of critical consumers.

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Learn how Lifecycle Engineering Optimization will help you reduce cycle time to crush the competition. Quickly.

02 What is Engineering Lifecycle Optimization?

Engineering Lifecycle Optimization


What is Engineering Lifecycle Optimization?

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Today’s engineering teams are grappling with many factors:

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Increasingly complex engineering environments

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Geographically dispersed members

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Different levels of professional experience

This is in addition to the practical issues of data creation, collection and analytics, regulatory compliance, and timely reporting.

So how do you coordinate the myriad of activities surrounding engineering management with all the people who need to be involved? How do you enable all these people with their different specialties and concerns to make informed key decisions?

You adopt an end-to-end engineering lifecycle management model which leverages comprehensive requirements management, systems design, test management and workflow management. But to better optimize your development process you can also leverage the products in the IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization (ELO) portfolio.

You must adopt an end-to-end engineering lifecycle management model.

The ELO portfolio includes data analysis and visualization tools, process automation tools, reporting tools, and third party integration tools that can complement the IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management solution to further optimize your development process.

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The ELO portfolio can:

Visualize, analyze and gain insight from engineering data

Improve understanding of lifecycle data relationships

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Create, edit, manage, and publish process descriptions

Establish best practices generating consistent results

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Automate document generation

Output high-quality requirements traceability matrices to improve quality and reduce costs

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Enable third party connectivity

Extend engineering lifecycle management with integrations to third party tools

The benefits to your organization are:

Improved quality

Better decisions

Improved productivity

Read further to learn how the ELO products accomplish these goals.

03 Live collaboration, consistency and traceability

Engineering Lifecycle Optimization


Establish the process

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Organizations need to follow an established engineering process when building complex systems. It could be an in-house process, or one dictated by industry standards such as those found in aerospace or automotive.


DO178B and C


ASPICE and ISO26262

The engineers responsible for the initiative expect to adhere to a smooth process that facilitates a positive outcome. They expect it to be followed by all participants in a consistent, predictable and repeatable manner. And, if a new process is introduced, engineers expect integrated help and guidance to reduce the learning curve.

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Creating clear specifications for that process and determining how it relates to the generated artifacts can be a challenge for the project administrator who sets up the project. To achieve this, the administrator would be provided with tools that allow them to:

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Edit, manage and publish process descriptions

Provide guided help and best practices within the process

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Include practice templates to enact the process

Later, we’ll tell you about an AI-powered tool that will enable you to create smooth, reliable processes for your software or product development initiatives.

04 Achieve full visibility

Engineering Lifecycle Optimization


Achieve full visibility

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In any large organization, the engineering environment can be highly fragmented.

Even with a platform-based approach, many tools are in use, each with its own user interface, database or file system repository and workflow.

Organizations may have several platforms, and traceability between artifacts is critical in complex engineering projects – especially those that have to consider industry standards that were mentioned earlier.

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Many tools

User interface


File system repository


Many team members

Different disciplines

Levels of experience

Geographically dispersed

Different objectives






Government regulations

Industry standards

05 Stay informed

Engineering Lifecycle Optimization


Stay informed

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Solid decisions are based on solid information. That’s why timely, accurate reporting is critical to any successful engineering initiative. A good reporting system provides two features:

Report creation

Document generation

These provide all stakeholders with transparency to:

Improve predictability

Reveal trends

Enable rapid, fact-based decision making

Report Creation

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Enterprise performance management and analytics are performed for the purpose of enabling informed decision making. Therefore, it follows that the ultimate product is the reporting. Not static reports. But the continuous stream of development intelligence that leads to decisions that drive performance.

Ideally, the reporting of critical information should be interactive and dynamic to provide:

Real time views of project data

Ability to add relevant data to dashboards

Designed reports in minutes

Document Generation

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Document generation typically refers to deliverable artifacts such as requirement specifications or interface control documents. Traditionally, these documents are created manually in a spreadsheet or document.

Document generation is a laborious, time consuming task that’s prone to error.

Documents with incorrect or missing information can have dire repercussions for organizations, such as legal ramifications that can be very costly. To ensure that documents are accurate, up to date and complete, you need the ability to automatically create federated documentation from previously disparate data sources.

These can include:




With the right information at the right time, teams are better equipped to monitor status and trends, and determine corrective actions. Then they can steer projects and programs to deliver on time and on budget.

06 Integrate and consolidate data

Engineering Lifecycle Optimization


Integrate and consolidate data

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IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) covers requirements management, task management, test management and design management. But to produce the desired results, reams of data must first be identified, consolidated and analyzed.

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To complicate this procedure, every engineering tool chain is a multi-tool, multi-vendor tool chain of disparate data. It could include artifacts such as 3D CAD models, a bill of materials in a PLM system and other elements that are running with vastly different tools on different platforms.

With so much different data coming from so many different sources, it’s necessary to integrate and consolidate the information so that it can be analyzed. Doing this requires powerful adapters that can quickly transform information from any given source.

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Adapters should include:




Bill of materials

Third party bug tracker


Quality management

Build management

07 IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization

Engineering Lifecycle Optimization


IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization

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You need to get competitive new products to market more quickly. IBM has developed a comprehensive optimization portfolio, IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization (ELO). It’s composed of products that complement the IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management solution.

With IBM ELO, you’ll have the tools you need to help reduce costs, provide better data insight, and help ensure process governance:

Method Composer  

Engineering Insights  


Integration Adapters  

IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization is a powerful – and very beneficial – supplement to your development management program.

Establish the process: IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization - Method Composer

IBM Method Composer a flexible process management platform that lets you create, edit, manage and publish process descriptions. It enables guided help and best practices, and practice templates to enact the process in IBM Engineering Workflow Management.

Method Composer features a method authoring tool and a customizable process asset library to help you implement measured improvement of your enterprise, systems engineering or software delivery processes.

Achieve full visibility: IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization - Engineering Insights

When engineering teams have confidence in their work, the project is more likely to be a success. Engineering Insights gives your team assurance that no information has been accidentally omitted, and that their work is compliant with industry standards,

With this comprehensive tool, time consuming tasks like impact analysis can be performed in minutes instead of months to provide a holistic view of:

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Engineering data

Every tool or database can be viewed


Essential when demonstrating compliance to industry standards, many of which mandate traceability.

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Engineering Insights

  • 1. Project plan
  • 2. Work items
  • 3. Process management
  • 4. Workflow management
  • 5. FMEA
  • 6. Emulator
  • 7. Debugger
  • 8. Compiler
  • 9. SW unit test
  • 10. Verification
  • 11. Configuration management
  • 12. SW design
  • 13. Change management
  • 14. SW unit test
  • 15. Control loop models
  • 16. AUTOSAR modeling
  • 17. Reporting
  • 18. Quality management
  • 19. Requirements management
  • 20. E/E architecture
  • 21. Portfolio management

Stay informed: IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization – Publishing

Publishing provides Development Intelligence and Document Generation to ensure your engineering team has complete, up-to-date information from which they can make better informed decisions.

Development Intelligence

The self-serve reporting capability means that teams no longer have to rely on one or two experts within their organization when they want to create a new report.

Simple web-based interface

Reports can be designed in minutes with almost no learning curve

Interactive and dynamic

Add to any dashboard in the platform to present the most valuable or pertinent data

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Easily monitor status and trends to identify potential issues and determine corrective actions

Document Generation

Publishing automates the creation of federated documentation from previously disparate data sources such as requirements, designs and tests. This allows your team members to quickly and easily publish a document that they’re confident is accurate, up to date and contains all of the required information.

Integrate and consolidate data: IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management - Integration Adapters

IBM ELO includes several Lifecycle Integration Adapters that extend the workflow beyond the Engineering Lifecycle Management platform. These adapters help improve team collaboration by providing visibility and traceability across previously siloed data sources.

IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization is a high velocity solution to a high stakes game

When your organization’s long term success depends upon fast turnaround of complex software and product development initiatives, you need to reduce cycle time. But you mustn’t sacrifice quality.

IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization gives you the tools you need to achieve accuracy and inclusion, ensure compliance, and facilitate greater collaboration. Decisions will be more informed. Confidence earned. Ultimately, your organization will be better equipped to quickly and easily launch new introductions to improve your performance in the marketplace.


Next steps

Explore the product →

Learn more about IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization- Engineering Insights product

Explore the product →

Learn more about IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization-Method Composer product

Read the analyst report →

Read the IDC ANALYST CONNECTION: How to Fuel the Digital Engine Driving Product Development