Engineering Software Market Predictions from the COFES Crystal Ball

For the past four years, Tech-Clarity and Cyon Research have conducted a short market survey of the participants in the engineering software market. Each year we have presented the results at COFES and had some interesting discussions based on the data. This year, we turn the “crystal ball” towards the future as the economy takes

Design West – Embedded Software Conference

Jim Brown shares the results of a recent survey in a presentation with Matt Klassen of PTC at Design West, 2012 in San Jose, California. The presentation reveals the “Innovation-Complexity Conundrum.” Manufacturers are increasing the amount, importance, and innovation derived from product software resulting in important business benefits – but driving increased product development complexity.

Systems and Software Driven Innovation

Issue in Focus: Systems and Software Driven Innovation – Complexity and Opportunity in the Mechatronic Era describes the fundamental shift to increased software and electronics in traditionally mechanical products, sometimes known as “mechatronics.” The report explains the need to manage the resulting design complexity and how to take advantage of the opportunities offered by systems

Mechatronics: Driving Product Innovation with Embedded Software

A quick peek into some research on … designing mechatronic products. The research, Tech-Clarity’s Issue in Focus: Systems and Software Driven Innovation: Complexity and Opportunity in the Mechatronic Era covers both sides of the software driven products coin – the complexity it places on engineering and product development teams and the opportunity it offers to

One-to-One: Big Blue’s Unprecedented Mechatronic Design Opportunity

I had the chance to talk with … a number of IBM executives at their Rational Software Conference (RSC2009) over the last two days. I have heard some great talks on the role that software plays in developing a smarter planet, and how IBM can help companies develop smarter products. I have heard them talk about instrumenting the physical world to monitor, analyze, and improve the way it operates (a whole topic unto itself, really). I have learned a lot and shared ideas with some dynamic, passionate IBM’ers and my peer analysts. My key takeaway is not new, however. I have felt for some time (and my experience at the Rational conference furthered this belief) that IBM has an unprecedented opportunity to bring a systems engineering focus to developing mechatronic products, and unite the disparate mechanical, electrical, and software design processes.