Current Tech Trends: I4.0 Continues Driving Development

By MichaelH1

Software is eating the world!” is a phrase that we’ve used in the past, and the technology continues to be extremely disruptive. As organizations try to sort out the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), sometimes referred to as Industrie 4.0 (I4.0), decision makers shouldn’t be too hasty in deployment plans.

Trying to figure out how to deal with punctuated innovation times, shrinking product lifecycles, and growing complexities is difficult. Customers must find methods to automate systems engineering while developing quality embedded software when consumers expect new and differentiated products.

Business leaders must evaluate software test strategies and risk mitigation as part of their effort to adopt connected functionality. It’s no secret that software is a critical part of hardware development in the booming I4.0 market, as changes happen in our production facilities, factories, and other locations.

As I4.0 generates headlines, organizations can benefit from application lifecycle management (ALM) and product lifecycle management (PLM) processes that are no longer separated. A unified ALM-PLM approach allows for traceability across the product development lifecycle – helping optimize processes and tools used by your workers.

In addition, solutions designed for embedded software, such as Polarion for Embedded Systems, automates management of systems engineering projects.

In these trying times, the pursuit of “good software” is made easier with unified ALM-PLM, as demonstrated:

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