Product and systems development

Lifecycle solutions for smart products development and engineering A smarter planet starts with smarter products

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Today's products and systems – from medical devices to cars to smart power grids – are becoming more intelligent and interconnected. To keep pace and stay competitive you need the ability to not only make your products smarter – you need to do so cost efficiently, quickly and with low risk. IBM Software solutions for complex and embedded systems provide a complete, collaborative approach across the engineering lifecycle to help you deliver high quality products and systems, on time and with reduced risk. They include requirements management; systems architecture design and modeling; collaboration, planning and change management; quality management; and product line engineering.

IBM Software complex and embedded systems solutions provide you with the capability to:

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Learn how IBM Rational software for systems helped General Motors develop the innovative Chevrolet Volt (US). With over 10 million lines of software code running on nearly 100 microprocessors, the Volt embodies the concept of smarter products. Hear about the Volt project from the GM engineers who explain how IBM Software helped them design and engineer the Volt in record time.

iPLON GmbH (US), a technology services provider in Germany, manages more complex embedded software development, realizes cost and time savings and improves developer productivity, quality and communication when it implements IBM Rational Rhapsody software.

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Systems engineering

Systems engineering

Coordinate multiple engineering disciplines to develop complex products and systems.

Systems of systems engineering

Systems of systems engineering

Connect multiple products and services into systems of systems to deliver exponentially increased value.

Real-time and embedded software development

Real-time and embedded software development

Collaborate across development organizations and the software development lifecycle to deliver innovative, differentiating functionality through software.

Product line engineering

Product line engineering

Accelerate and automate the design, development and delivery of portfolios of similar products with variations in features and functions.

Turning innovative ideas into smart products and systems

Efficiently develop complex products and systems by managing requirements, modeling complexity, automating collaboration and ensuring quality.

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  • Rational Team Concert

    Rational Team Concert

    Provides agile and formal planning, source code management, work item management, build management, and project health.

  • Rational Quality Manager

    Rational Quality Manager

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

  • Rational Doors

    Rational DOORS

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

  • Rational ClearCase

    Rational ClearCase

    Comprehensive software configuration management for any size project.


White paper

Four key strategies for enabling innovation in the age of smart.

Systems engineering e-Kit

Get best-practices, how-to guides and other material to help you build smart products.

Systems engineering for dummies

Learn how to expedite time-to-market, ensure business agility and deliver high-quality smart products.

Systems and software engineering demo

Get an 8-minute overview of the Rational solution for systems and software engineering

System engineering interactive assessment

Benchmark your systems engineering practices and receive recommendations to improve performance

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Software is making everything smarter. Look into the complex supply chain that embeds and integrates intelligence into today’s products and services. Then see how a collaborative software and systems delivery approach cuts through the complexity to help you innovate, differentiate and win.


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