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2 IBM Rational solution for systems and software engineeringHighlights Products and systems can no longer be developed the way they● Implement a uniﬁed lifecycle approach to build and validate used to be. Complexity is rising, and late changes are common. complex products, systems and the software that powers them Global competition and increasing compliance requirements● Adopt integrated tools and process support to reduce the time demand that products be delivered faster, with greater proof of to market quality and more functionality. They have to be smarter, safer● Apply best practices for safety-critical development to help and connected—yet more secure. Increased functionality and reduce the cost of compliance rapid differentiation are achieved through a signiﬁcant increase● Enhance cross-team collaboration in systems and software in software and electronics. Simply put, how companies design engineering to help improve quality and speed innovation and develop products must change if they want to win in this new environment.IntroductionSmarter products are all around us: More fuel-efficient cars. Traditional product development took place in a siloed fashion,Safer planes. Life-saving implanted medical devices. with each team handing off its work to the next stage in theSmartphones. development lifecycle. Building smarter products requires a smarter environment. New development approaches must unifyCustomers now expect products to be smart. disparate contributors such as: ● Developers distributed across different geographical locations and time zonesManaging complexity ● Lifecycle teams (requirements, design, development, test)IBM clients are spending more than 40 percent of their that must break down complexity together and deliver proven,engineering efforts on electronics and software. IBM is helping incremental resultsthem take on the challenge of the complexity this creates in ● Cross-discipline teams (mechanical, electrical, software)the product development lifecycle. One client, an automotive that must respond in unison to changes for impact analysis andmanufacturer, uses the Rational solution for systems and rapid course correctionsoftware engineering to simplify the complex design process. ● Ecosystem partners for connecting products with other sys-They break the process into smaller, manageable pieces and tems for data, remote monitoring or function controldistribute them to an engineering team that is located all ● Key stakeholders needing visibility to manage customeraround the world. Real-time auditing and information tracing expectations, timelines, budgets and partner activityhelps the client keep track of each part of the process as itmoves through their complex systems. For more information,view this video As a result, companies around the world that are producing smart products have identiﬁed ﬁve major challenges: Complexity, quality, compliance, competition and predictability.
IBM Software 3IBM® Rational® software is helping companies meet thesechallenges of effective product and systems delivery by providing IBM Rational solutions help a railway signaling systemsa smarter approach to describing, building and validating company develop smarter productscomplex systems and the software that powers them. The With the advent of high-speed trains, the margin of error forIBM Rational solution for systems and software engineering railway operators is akin to that of air traffic controllers, andprovides collaborative, integrated systems engineering and the stakes are just as high: Provide virtually 100 percentembedded software development capabilities on an open reliability or risk loss of life. Invensys Rail Dimetronic developsplatform that enables companies to compete in our new world signaling systems used by railway operators throughoutand overcome the ﬁve major challenges of developing smart Europe. These systems must meet a single set of railwayproducts (Figure 1). signaling system standards and those standards are continually evolving. Modernized development processes are necessary to keep pace with the standards, meet the unique needs of their railway operator customers and integrate systems with other railway technologies. Invensys Rail Dimetronic deployed an automated application development platform to achieve this modernization. Developers from numerous autonomous teams, who share code management responsibilities, use automated require- ments management capabilities and a web-based interface to track changes and generate reports. As standards or customer needs change, developers analyze those changes to form a plan of attack, quickly modeling, conﬁguring, validating and demonstrating the integration of components in the signaling systems software—and even isolating errors early in the design process. To learn more, visit: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/rational/info/dimetronic/Figure 1: A railway systems developer speeds innovation and solutiondeployment with a uniﬁed IBM Rational platform for modeling, testing, trackingand documenting highly iterative, multistage development processes.
4 IBM Rational solution for systems and software engineeringUnify the development lifecycle Provide collaboration guidanceThe Rational solution breaks down silos and enables stakehold- It is not enough to have documented best practices in papersers and contributors to collaborate closely and effectively. All and procedure manuals today. Distributed developmentmajor lifecycle disciplines are integrated: Requirements manage- organizations and suppliers need just-in-time, accessible andment, architecture and design, development, collaboration and automated process guidance to make cross-lifecycle andchange management, and quality management. This helps cross-discipline collaboration happen.ensure, for example, that: Customizable practices and workﬂows with automated execution● Requirements are validated in designs and proven in tests. templates are offered to improve collaboration:● Designs are shared for more effective communication.● All lifecycle artifacts are linked in work items, including ● Tool mentors show how to apply tool integrations that facili- requirements, designs, development artifacts, changes tate communication in the day-to-day activities of individuals. and tests. ● Traceability is built into the workﬂows and tools.● Changes can be tracked and managed effectively—from pro- ● Metrics, real-time dashboards and 24×7 communication are posal and impact analysis to decision sign-off and execution. automatically enabled in the processes and tools.● Complexity can be peeled away with an integrated, iterative ● Security is maintained when and where it is needed. lifecycle that enables greater agility, faster impact analysis and ● An on-demand practice library contains both systems effective response to change at any point. engineering and embedded software practices. Improving predictability Best Practices and Integrated Process Guidance Between 20 - 60 percent of the time, companies miss the REQUIREMENTS QUALITY deadline for their products.1 An IBM client in the aerospace MANAGEMENT MANAGEMENT and defense industry uses the Rational solution to deﬁne the scope and the content of products and then measure the ARCHITECTURE progress of product development through the lifecycle with a & DESIGN set of metrics and dashboards. This methodology helps them deliver products on time, time after time. Getting the products COLLABORATION, PLANNING & CHANGE MANAGEMENT to market on schedule creates excitement for the customers, Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration increases the credibility for the investors and adds signiﬁcant business value. For more information, view this videoFigure 2: Rational solution for systems and software engineering: Bestpractices, tools and services on an open platform.
IBM Software 5Comply with standards and regulations lifecycle data and processes. This makes it possible to incorpo-Compliance is always a concern for companies that develop rate legacy databases and existing applications in systemsproducts for regulated industries. Meeting compliance require- development environments.ments can raise costs, lengthen schedules and consume resourcesunless more efficient processes and tool automations are applied. To apply this approach to a broad ecosystem of tools and data, itThe Rational solution offers industry-speciﬁc support for relies on an open community for deﬁning integration speciﬁca-safety-critical standards, including ISO 26262 for automotive, tions. Called Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC),DO-178B for aerospace and defense and more. this community consists of vendors who develop tools and the companies who use them.Streamlining compliance Open Services for Lifecycle CollaborationIBM works very closely with clients to ﬁnd out what data they Lifecycle integration inspired by the webneed to satisfy an audit and uses that information to make itpossible for engineers to virtually press a button and get acompliance report. Recently, IBM helped a client in themedical devices industry reduce the time it took them provide Enabling innovation for competitive advantagecompliance information from 3 - 4 weeks to a matter ofminutes. For more information, view this video Innovation is the lifeblood for surviving in today’s tough competitive market. IBM is really focused on knocking down the barriers to innovation by helping our clients transform how they work with standardized tools, processes and more. One client was using a thousand different tools in their develop-Open access to data across the lifecycle ment process. IBM reduced that number to a standard setNo one vendor, tool set or monolithic database can serve all of of a handful and they were able to develop an innovativeyour needs in complex systems development and delivery. technology product in half the time. Getting to market fasterClosed tools and platforms and disjointed processes can result than they ever had before has translated into more choicesin development silos and a lack of access to critical data and for their customers and direct market share for them.information. For more information, view this videoIBM’s solution takes a different approach. Inspired by theInternet, the solution integration platform enables a loosely cou-pled “web” of engineering data. This web is achieved by apply-ing an open-standards-based, federated approach to managing
6 IBM Rational solution for systems and software engineeringWhat makes this solution different?The Rational solution supports systems engineering approaches A leading medical device provider enhances collaborationto unify software engineering and other disciplines such as for signiﬁcant resultselectrical and mechanical engineering. Delivered on an open Diagnostic Grifols is a leading medical device provider. Theintegration platform, it uses an end-to-end approach to building international scale of this company’s business calls for strictand validating complex products, systems and the software that compliance of the software it uses to manage and controlpowers them. In addition, it provides: the development of its products. And, the complexity of its development cycle requires software that can enhance team● Support for the entire lifecycle from requirements through collaboration to deliver products faster. So, the company delivery implemented a Rational solution to enhance collaboration● Industry-leading requirements management and design throughout its product development cycle. applied in both systems-level and software-level development The solution connects all stages of the development cycle, so● A leading Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution different developers working on the same project can build● Web-based sharing (view, markup) of designs for cross- and share all regulated product data in a controlled environ- discipline and cross-team collaboration ment. Teams use collaboration features to adapt to changes● Best practices developed and reﬁned through years of working in regulations and take action on potential conﬂict. By better with product development companies anticipating schedules, teams keep investment and proﬁtabil-● Systems engineering and software engineering implementation ity on track. Automation of operations documentation enables and consulting services based on process improvement and the company to support compliance audits better. best practicesThe result? Companies like yours can deliver higher quality,smarter products on time with reduced risk.But you don’t have to take our word for it. Figure 3: Apply the Rational solution to help achieve compliance by efficiently capturing regulated product data in a controlled environment.
IBM Software 7Real companies. Real resultsCompanies that are already using the Rational solution forsystems and software have seen signiﬁcant results:● Railway signal systems developer Invensys Rail Dimetronic reduced time to market for signaling systems products by 40 percent and facilitated a 100 percent compliance rate with standards for code traceability and safety.● Diagnostic Grifols, a medical device provider, decreased product time-to-market by 20 percent.● One major aerospace and defense company reduced typical system design time by 70 percent, and another reduced scope creep from 98 percent to 16 percent.To learn about other successful applications, visit:http://www-01.ibm.com/software/rational/workbench/systemsor view the solution video Figure 4: Products of all types are becoming more instrumented, intercon- nected and intelligent.Improving quality ConclusionProduct defects risk your brand, revenues and proﬁts. The To succeed in today’s fast-paced, competitive marketplace,Rational solution emphasizes quality management throughout companies that manufacture smart products must cultivatethe product development lifecycle to reduce risk. A multina- efficient and effective communication and collaboration. Thetional IBM client using the Rational solution reduced defectsby 75 percent early enough in the design cycle to maintain an IBM Rational solution for systems and software engineeringaggressive six-week development cycle. This resulted in prod- integrates a set of practices and tools for systems and softwareucts with a higher level of quality that met time to market development, helping everyone in the product developmentrequirements. For more information, view this video lifecycle collaborate to deliver smart products and systems.