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Driving innovation in software-intensive systems

Software is the driving force at the heart of today’s smart products and services. It enables the innovation and flexibility required to achieve success in increasingly competitive markets.

But, as products and services become more interconnected, instrumented and intelligent, it’s stretching software development organizations and traditional software development approaches to the limit. How do you deliver increasingly complex software-intensive products to market reliably, with high quality and, at the same time, drive down development costs?

To address these challenges you need a cross-lifecycle, cross-organizational software development approach built around collaboration.

IBM Rational solutions for real-time and embedded software development help you:

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  • Rational Team Concert

    Rational Team Concert

    Integrate planning and execution, automate workflows, and manage change across diverse engineering disciplines and development teams

  • Rational DOORS

    Rational DOORS

    Solicit, engineer, document and trace requirements throughout the product lifecycle

  • Rational Rhapsody

    Rational Rhapsody

    Automate delivery and testing of executable architectures and real-time and embedded software to increase development agility.

  • Rational Quality Manager

    Rational Quality Manager

    Optimize quality through collaborative planning, automated testing, and defect management.

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Using Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager to accelerate system changes
Learn about the experiences that EADS had in deploying Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager (RELM). Their business objectives included reduce time and costs for on-boarding project teams with SDLC tools by implementing a solution-as-service in a multinational company, and improving response time and reducing costs to analyze, design and deliver customer requirement changes.

Three reasons to throw away your requirements documents
Learn why companies should move away from documents and spreadsheets for requirements management, the business benefits of investing in an integrated requirements management solution, and the best practices for managing your requirements effectively and efficiently.

Creating and managing requirements for hardware and software design
Join this webcast for a discussion on the key elements of managing all system requirements with full traceability across the lifecycle.

Cutting risk and rework through requirements-driven quality in complex and embedded systems development
In this webcast, IBM expert Ed Mayer looks at new capabilities within the Rational solution for systems and software engineering to link requirements and testing, helping development teams to easily build traceability, simplify impact and coverage analysis, and effectively manage defect resolution.

Engineering change to accelerate product and systems development
This webcast will provide the research results on identifying, defining and qualifying trends and development challenges within the embedded systems market. These changes and challenges are leading to a growing need for lifecycle management tools that can facilitate higher levels of collaboration and integration across the development lifecycle.

Increasing agility in product development with new collaboration capabilities
See how to achieve product development goals with integrated solution for systems engineering and embedded software development. Connect global development teams, automate 24x7 collaboration, increase agility and establish traceability.

The ten point guide to improving real-time and embedded software development
Software plays an ever-increasing role in driving innovation and providing marketplace differentiation in "smarter" products. However, the complexity of bringing more interconnected, instrumented and intelligent products to market faster is stretching software development teams and traditional software development approaches to the limit. Join leading experts in the webcast "The ten point guide to improving real-time and embedded software development" to learn the key strategies that can help address these challenges.

Adopting Agile methods for safety-critical systems development
Agile methods have a reputation for being fast and adaptive but undisciplined and lacking in robustness. In actual fact, agile requires a great deal of discipline and its practices enhance both quality and team productivity. Because of the discipline and efficiency that agile brings to development, agile can be – and is – applied to the development of safety critical systems. Join IBM expert Bruce Douglass in this webcast to learn how agile methods can be used in the development of safety critical systems to deliver high quality results with improved predictability.


Agile approaches for complex product development

Bola Rotibi Jonathon Chard Companies are increasingly looking to agile methods to cut risk, improve quality and increase flexibility in complex product development. But what approaches really work and what benefits can adopters expect to obtain? In this podcast, analyst Bola Rotibi of analysts Creative Intellect Consulting discusses the applicability of Agile approaches to embedded software and complex systems development, drawing upon the results of an in-depth cross-industry study conducted at the end of 2012. Speakers, Bola Rotibi and Jonathon Chard.

The software edge: How effective software development drives competitive advantage

The 2012 IBM Global CEO study found today's business leaders rank technology as the most important external force that will impact their organizations. A new IBV software development study supports this, with IT and business leaders identifying five top technology trends critical to competitiveness. However, the same survey reveals that most organizations are not prepared to take advantage of these trends. While management recognizes that software is crucial to capitalizing on technology for competitiveness, they are not successfully executing. Learn how organizations that leverage effective software development can help close the execution gap and gain competitive advantage.

Integrating testing into the development lifecycle

The role of embedded software is growing exponentially in Engineering systems and quality in these systems is no longer a differentiator, but a necessity for success. Increasing development time or cost is not an option, therefore engineers must evolve their techniques to remain competitive. Learn how IBM and National Instruments are investing to equip engineers with technology to produce superior system quality and validation efficiency with the ability to trace and improve development end to end and improve collaboration between all engineering teams from initial requirements through final systems test. Speakers, Chris Washington and Sanjiv Jain.

White papers

Accelerating innovation - new approaches to software development for smarter products
This white paper describes software as the invisible thread that links product parts into an intelligent whole. It examines software delivery for smart products and strategies for evolving software development into a business process.

Managing systems design complexity: 3 tips to save time
This report examines the challenges presented by the increasing quantity and complexity of embedded software in smarter products. It goes on to describe the key practices adopted by best-in-class development organizations to address those challenges.

Embedded Software Development: Implementing an Agile Methodology to Improve Time and Quality
The growing importance of software in smarter products is driving investment in improved development processes. This research-based paper reports on how companies are using agile methods to speed delivery and improve quality.

Five benefits of agile practices in software-intensive systems development
Agile practices help to deliver productivity, predictability, cycle time and quality benefits for software-intensive development organizations. They can help to overcome process overheads in managing regulatory and standards compliance. This white paper examines five key business benefits in moving to agile practices.


Agile for Dummies
With Agile for Dummies by your side you'll learn the fundamentals of agile and how to increase the productivity of your software teams while enabling them to produce higher-quality solutions that better fulfill customer needs much faster.

Creating smarter products with IBM Rational systems and software engineering
This e-book describes how to meet the challenges of complex product and software development. Learn about Rational capabilities for systems engineering, real-time and embedded software development, systems of systems engineering and product line engineering.

Agile in the embedded world
This eBook looks at the benefits of agile practices, how agile can be adapted to the embedded developer's needs, and how agile development can also change and improve the embedded systems development life cycle.


Building software for smarter products e-kit
This e-kit is designed to help teams that are developing software for the new generation of smarter products. It includes a collection of resources that examine the challenges facing product delivery organizations and show how IBM can help you improve your software delivery process and produce innovative, differentiated smarter products and services.

Self assessment

Aberdeen embedded agile self assessment
Benchmark your embedded software development practices against your peers and receive personalized recommendations to help you improve your embedded software development practices.


The Rational Solution for Systems and Software Engineering sandbox
Try a series of online evaluation exercises to learn more about how the Rational Solution for Systems and Software Engineering supports a broad range of capabilities across the product and systems development lifecycle.

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