Engineering lifecycle management

Developing today’s software-driven products requires an integrated approach to managing the product lifecycle. Teams today need to stay connected, aligned and accessing a single view of truth in order to improve quality, minimize risk and accelerate delivery. Engineering lifecycle management (ELM) provides a holistic environment to manage requirements, modeling, testing, publishing and reporting —  all while optimizing team workflows for improved collaboration.

Take a deeper dive by exploring How to Fuel the Digital Engine Driving Product Development, an IDC analyst paper.

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Manage product complexity

ELM extends ALM solution functionality for better complex-systems development, enhanced collaboration across teams and supplier/partner ecosystems, and easier handling of compliance and regulatory demands for increasingly essential and safety-critical products.

Improve team productivity

Keep dispersed teams connected, enhance real-time collaboration, automate simple tasks, reduce re-work and improve traceability across the entire product lifecycle with the holistic approach of ELM.

Minimize risk, maximize advantage

Integrate test cases to requirements, improve quality with AI, access templates for industry compliance standards, and manage product quality — to help you achieve  a competitive advantage.

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.

End-to-end ELM Tools Suite (ELM Base)

The IBM ELM Tools Suite – Base bundles three key components of system and software engineering management: requirements, testing and workflow management. This bundle effectively provides the foundation to establish a holistic development management environment.

Extended ELM Software Suite

The extended IBM ELM Tools Suite bundle provides an expanded development management environment through five key components of systems and software engineering management: requirements, testing, workflow management, systems design and engineering data analysis.

INCOSE on the future of systems engineering

Systems of systems, teams of teams. What else does the future hold? The International Council on Systems Engineering looks ahead.

Mercedes embraces digital transformation in engineering

Adopting an integrated mix of IBM tools for the development of complex, connected systems creates a breeding ground for innovation.

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