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Continuous Engineering

Requirements · Architecture · Design · Collaboration and change management · Quality

Be innovative in the age of smart and connected product development.

IBM Internet of Things Continuous Engineering Solution: a new name for a new age. Help your teams implement continuous engineering principles with an integrated set of tools and practices.

Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, Rational DOORS Next Generation, Rational Rhapsody, and Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager.

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Capabilities

Collaboration, planning and change management

Collaborate across diverse disciplines. Assess and manage changes throughout your systems lifecycle.

Requirements management

Manage system requirements and full traceability across the lifecycle.

Quality management

Achieve 'Quality by Design' with an integrated, automated testing progress.

Architecture and design

Use modeling to validate requirements, architecture and design throughout the development process. Simulate hardware and software together to validate designs earlier.

Embedded software development

Create high-quality embedded software with high collaboration and development transparency.

Visualize, analyze and take action on your engineering information

Bring together views, analysis and organization of engineering data from multiple tools to enable better and faster decision making.

Best practices and process enactment

Improve quality, predictability and consistency.

Configuration Management across your engineering tools

Gain development efficiencies through use of true development streams, baselines, branching and merging across linked engineering artifacts in multiple tools.

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What is Continuous Engineering?

Many teams creating smart and connected products struggle with outdated, siloed, waterfall engineering practices. Each added layer of complexity leads to more problems and unscheduled rework when components are integrated. Maintaining quality in the face of ever shortening development cycle times is challenging enough; improving quality, or reducing development time or effort may seem beyond reach. The Internet of Things (IoT) makes the situation worse and demands a fresh approach to product engineering that is designed for the 'closed loop' of IoT product development.

Continuous engineering includes practices for achieving more agile, sustainable engineering improvements in this new age:

  • Engineering insight: use integrated tools and lightweight data integration to break down the siloes of information that can prevent project teams from making rapid, optimal design decisions that continuously drive the design in the right direction.
  • Continuous verification: shift traditional end-of-cycle verification (and validation) as early as possible, and repeat them often to build in quality from the beginning.
  • Strategic reuse: intelligently reuse product engineering artifacts; go beyond "clone and own" approaches and make use of true configuration management within and across engineering tools. Implement product line engineering to maximize your reuse potential.

Success stories

Panasonic Automotive Systems

Panasonic Automotive Systems uses continuous engineering and the cloud to improve the quality of embedded software.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics

Crane Aerospace & Electronics reduces report times from days to hours.

Huawei Technology

Huawei Technology speeds product development timeframes from years to months.

Fortum

Fortum advances nuclear power by automating requirements management in very long projects.

Invensys Rail Dimetronic

Invensys Rail Dimetronic uses Rational's System solutions to modernize its development processes, from code management to change management.

Chevy Volt

General Motors uses the Rational platform in developing the Chevy Volt.

What others are saying

Because no engineer or tool is an island: Jazz and Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC)

We work with teams of engineers to help them meet their key challenges in smart and connected systems development and delivery. These challenges include collaborating within and across disciplines, implementing workflow processes, effectively managing changing requirements, achieving compliance, and meeting demands to reduce development costs and time to market.

To address these challenges and more, we offer an engineering platform built on the Jazz integration platform and make use of Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration. Our tools provide a development lifecycle solution, the means to implement guidance for best practices, enhanced traceability and greater information visibility across tools and the engineering disciplines that use them.

We are enabling systems engineering and embedded software best practices through workflow integrations across requirements management, modeling, simulation, quality management, work tracking and planning, change management, and engineering lifecycle management.

Five core tools in this platform include IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation, IBM Rational Rhapsody, IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Rational Quality Manager, and IBM Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager. Our clients often deploy these tools in larger solutions, for example with IBM Rational DOORS, IBM Rational ClearCase and ClearQuest, and with tools provided by our many business partners.

For more information on OSLC, go to http://oasis-oslc.org and http://open-services.net.