Software is eating the world, and consumer demand for smart homes, smarter appliances and automobiles, wearables, and autonomous vehicles is accelerating the pace.
Take modern cars, for example. These rolling datacenters now contain over 80 CPU’s to perform hybrid or gasoline engine management, transmission shifting optimization, infotainment (navigation, internet services, smartphone integration), passive safety capabilities (radar / ladar / infrared), and more.
This example illustrates the need for the traditional product-based companies to transform themselves into technology companies, adapting their design, development, test, and compliance skill sets, processes, and tools in order to stay competitive.
Siemens has been enabling companies to manage product life cycles through the TeamCenter Product Lifecycle Management software (PLM) for years. TeamCenter helps customers manage and support the increasing number of components these products contain.
Today, these components all depend on embedded software. So, TeamCenter customers have begun to realize that they have to manage not only physical components, but also the firmware that each of them is running.
To help these companies in managing both the components and their corresponding firmwares, Siemens partners with Polarion and Electric Cloud. Our combined solutions help bring mechatronics (component) design, development, and test lifecycle and software design, development, and test lifecycle together.
Pascal Vera, my colleague at Siemens, talks about how Electric Cloud works with Siemens and Polarion to deliver the first multi-domain (mechatronics and software) design, development, and test lifecycle solution to the market.
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