The foundation for the Internet of Things (IoT) is being laid through the evolution and increasing intelligence of embedded systems. These systems present not only new product functionality possibilities, but also net new revenue and service opportunities. These expectations for more intelligent systems are thus increasing the volume of and investment in embedded software in these devices. In order to maximize the value they can derive from IoT systems, engineering organizations and enterprises must now reevaluate the processes and technologies they use to develop software and bring these connected products to market.
At a time when products are becoming increasingly complex and deriving more and more of their functionality from software, the status quo no longer suffices. Product quality, development schedules and R&D budgets are suffering. Additional engineering resources alone cannot help organizations manage and scale innovation for connected products. Traditional software development methodologies and tools often were not designed to address modern engineering mandates for agility and efficiency.
Engineering organizations must combat more complex project requirements with tools and processes capable of managing and adapting to software-driven product lifecycles. The foundation for the engineering efficiency required can be laid through the adoption of more sophisticated and integrated lifecycle management solutions. For example, the integrated use of formal tools for requirements management, system architecture and simulation, and product line engineering can help organizations gain efficiencies in the creation and reuse of software content. Furthermore, the use of these tools and the processes that support them can improve testing and change management through enhanced traceability across the design cycle – an especially valuable feature for safety-critical systems. Most importantly, these changes must be paired with commensurate investments in process changes and training. In many cases, new corporate cultures are necessary to promote the collaboration needed across both engineering teams and the new groups of IT and line of business stakeholders that IoT initiatives require.
Chris Rommel, Executive VP IoT & Embedded Technology at VDC Research, is responsible for syndicated research and consulting engagements focused on development and deployment solutions for intelligent systems. He has helped a wide variety of clients respond to and capitalize on the leading trends impacting next-generation device markets, such as security, the Internet of Things, and M2M connectivity as well as the growing need for system-level lifecycle management solutions. Chris has also led a range of proprietary consulting projects, including competitive analyses, strategic marketing initiative support, ecosystem development strategies, and vertical market opportunity assessments. Chris holds a B.A. in Business Economics and a B.A. in Public and Private Sector Organization from Brown University.
Mike Borse, Polarion ALM Product Manager
In a technology career spanning 30+ years, Mike Borse has enjoyed experiences in seemingly every imaginable role --from programmer to development manager, from project management to IT governance, from security and risk management to audit and compliance, from software business development to product management, among various other experiences, working with many talented engineers, entrepreneurs, and executives from throughout the world, in numerous entities engaged in widely diverse industries, markets, and business sectors. What he has enjoyed most, since the first days of his tech career, are the endless opportunities for continuous learning, and the personal fulfillment derived from working with talented individuals solving complex problems innovating solutions from the sublimely simple to the fantastic.