IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) is the leading solution for managing product and software development.


Complex product development challenges

Today’s software and product development teams are tasked with creating offerings that are of high quality, meet safety-critical compliance and regulatory standards, are price-competitive, and are delivered quickly.

The solution is to adopt a pragmatic approach to managing the development — from requirements and modeling through development, product testing and release. Maximizing effectiveness requires an end-to-end view across the entire product lifecycle for all stakeholders.

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Manage product complexity

Adopting an end-to-end solution for the product and software development lifecycle makes it easier to coordinate multiple work streams and both collaborate and communicate across all stakeholders, including suppliers.

Improve team productivity

Keeping dispersed teams connected, enhancing real-time collaboration, automating repetitive tasks and improving traceability across the entire development lifecycle helps increase productivity of the development team.

Minimize risk, maximize advantage

Leveraging the visibility provided through an end-to-end approach enables transparency and traceability from requirements through testing. Continuous testing, improved change management and less rework lowers risk and improves quality.

Lower cost

Adopting a more agile approach to managing product and software development enhances productivity of your engineering teams, lowers costly late-cycle rework and improves overall product quality.

Compliance and documentation

Leveraging a single source of engineering data and processes, along with traceability, provides a strong foundation for validating compliance and documenting development status.

Reporting and analytics

Being able to generate reports to understand the source of issues, communicate the status of the project and define areas of potential process improvement will help reduce cost, improve quality and ensure on-time delivery of products.

Systems engineering solutions

Requirements management

Requirements management serves as an essential practice and framework for product lifecycle management. It controls project scope, saving time and money. It also drives better insights for product development, with enhanced traceability and improved collaboration.

Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

As product complexity grows, so does the need to provide better model-based systems design. MBSE lets diverse teams collaborate to analyze requirements, optimize design decisions and validate functionality. Plus, teams perform design reviews and automate delivery.

Agile software development workflow management

Enabling effective collaboration in real time is critical for success across dispersed, multi-disciplined teams. Proper workflow management offers an open architecture for collaboration, a streamlined agile development model and automation of governance.

Test management and quality assurance

Quality management creates benefit opportunities, but collaborative, web-based tools for comprehensive test planning are needed to boost product quality. Integrated test solutions provide extreme clarity for immediate feedback, maximum efficiency and reduced cost.

Systems engineering tools and software

SDLC process optimization

IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization offerings expand standard ALM capabilities with enhanced functionality for analyzing engineering data, managing processes, establishing best practices, generating custom reports and managing third-party integration adapters.

Engineering lifecycle management

IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management is the leading platform for today’s complex product and software development. ELM extends the functionality of standard ALM tools, providing an integrated, end-to-end solution that offers full transparency and traceability across all engineering data.

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