How Product Definition is Helping Manufacturers Adapt and Stay Competitive with Nand Kochhar – MBSE series ep. 2

By Conor Peick

When we look at where manufacturing is today, it’s clear that technology is maturing rapidly. Degrees of complexity continue to increase, which means that planning, communication, and collaboration at every phase of development and production are critical. If companies want to keep a competitive edge, their software needs to match those ambitions. 

Software and Systems Engineering is how companies achieve that goal, and it begins with a well-structured, disciplined approach to problems and the willingness to keep innovating. By adopting a clear Product Definition, teams are able to manage these growing complexities and take advantage of the collaborative benefits of digitalization. 

Today, I’m welcoming Nand Kochhar back to the show. He’s Vice President of Automotive and Transportation for Siemens Software, and an expert when it comes to explaining how companies can use this new technology to gain an edge on the competition, and simultaneously ease pressure on engineering teams as technological complexities continue to increase.  

In this episode, we’re focusing on Product Definition and why it’s so important in Software and Systems Engineering. We’ll cover all of the ways it helps teams manage ever-increasing design complexities, and why digitalization is a necessity in today’s competitive market. We’ll also talk about the overall benefits to engineers using the MBSE approach, and how it helps manage elaborately detailed design processes. 

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What exactly is a Product Definition? (1:25)
  • How can Product Definition help teams manage increased design complexities? (4:53)
  • What are some strategies that companies can use to define this design space? (6:33)
  • How does digitalization allow for collaboration? (11:28)
  • What happens if one of the Product Definition requirements changes? (17:17)
  • How do you see the MBSE approach helping engineers and engineering departments handle the complexity of new vehicle designs? (20:38)

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • The five pillars of SSE (0:48)
  • A practical example of Product Definition (2:48)
  • The number one challenge for automotive OEMs (8:01)
  • Why digitalization is a necessity (10:04)
  • One key advantage of collaboration between suppliers and OEMs (16:09)
  • Why adaptability is critical (19:36)
Conor Peick - Thought Leadership Writer

Conor Peick – Thought Leadership Writer

Conor Peick is a Marketing Coordinator helping to create forward-looking content for the Thought Leadership team at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Conor collaborates with seasoned industry experts to produce podcasts, articles, blogs, and other forms of content focused on the trends and challenges companies face in the future, and the technologies that may provide solutions.

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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/podcasts/the-future-car/how-product-definition-is-helping-manufacturers-adapt-and-stay-competitive-with-nand-kochhar-mbse-series-ep-2/