What is IBM Engineering Systems Design Rhapsody Developer?

IBM Engineering Systems Design Rhapsody - Developer is a model-driven development (MDD) environment that provides support for UML, SysML and AUTOSAR, and gives you the flexibility to work in your domain-specific language (DSL). It helps you automate the software development lifecycle, promote asset reuse, optimize team collaboration and identify defects and design errors early in the development lifecycle. Software engineers can create efficient and testable software architectures and designs before target hardware is available, which is essential for agile development and real-time and embedded applications.


Gain abstraction capabilities

Express specifications and design graphically. Improve communication across teams and across the supply chain by using industry standards and unambiguous notations.

Verify and validate

Get early and continuous proof of specification and testing of design through model-based simulation and analysis.

Provide traceability

Show how and why design decisions and trade-offs were made through the steps of requirements > specification > design > code.

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Learn how the IBM Engineering Systems Design model-based engineering solution and tools offer a sophisticated approach to competitive innovation.

Key Features

  • Full embedded application generation
  • Simulation and model-based testing
  • Integrates within the IBM Rational platform
  • Create artifacts that conform to standards
  • Requirements traceability
  • Team collaboration
  • Extended functionality with add-on software

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Which option is right for you?

Architect for Systems Engineers

A low-cost system engineering environment that lets you analyze and elaborate requirements, make architecture trade-offs and document designs.

Designer for Systems Engineers

All the capabilities of Architect for Systems Engineers, plus allows you to prototype, simulate and execute designs for early validation.

Architect for Software

A low-cost integrated software engineering environment to graphically architect C++, C or Java applications using UML or AUTOSAR.


An embedded and real-time agile software engineering environment with full application generation for C++, C, Java and Ada (including MISRA-C and MISRA-C++).