Interconnectivity contributing to the convergence of embedded and enterprise/IT requirements
When covering the commercial market for modeling tools, VDC has traditionally focused on tool use for embedded software and systems.
We now have a world with systems of systems, with a myriad of interconnected embedded devices which are in turn connected to IT control systems. In this environment, IT and R&D need to be ever more connected and take into consideration each other's system requirements and resources.
As the requirements of once separate and distinct realms converge, increasingly becoming shared requirements, there is a need for tools to facilitate collaboration and communication.
Much of the early adoption of modeling tools was tied to specific development workflows recommending the use of other complementary lifecycle management tools - frequently those by that specific vendor. Now leading solution vendors have recognized the importance of developing flexible platforms capable of supporting a range of engineering tasks, development methodologies, and third-party tools. In fact, many of these "modeling" tools, rooted in enabling design automation and abstraction, have evolved to into robust platforms capable of both system level architecture designs as well as automated software development/construction.
At the same time that lines between the once separate realms of embedded and IT have started to blur, a similar shift is underway between the engineering disciplines. Engineers are increasingly required to have a hand in multiple areas.
The use cases for modeling tools has continued to expand as advances in functionality can now support the variability in software and system architecture and construction.
In fact, many engineers utilize the tools outside of their originally intended use, either as a function of budgets that limit the number of premium tools they can purchase or as a result of their existing level of comfort and expertise with the tools.
Largest increase of respondents considering "level of integration with other tools used" as the most important selection criteria
Companies want to be able to integrate modeling and simulation capabilities at every step of the design chain with general purpose product and application lifecycle management tools to manage product lines, variants, and design optimizations. To achieve this goal there is a requirement for stronger integration of software modeling tools with system engineering tools and lifecycle management tools.
As a means to provide this tool interoperability and benefit from the demand, we expect increased efforts by suppliers to move towards a total solution approach rather than marketing individual point solutions.
Modeling tool market benefits from rebound in automotive industry and increased automation
VDC estimates the market for embedded software and system modeling tools and related services will expand at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) greater than 10% through 2014.
The recovery in the automotive sector as well as opportunities due to increased development in accordance with industry guidelines or certification requirements pushed the modeling market beyond the prerecession levels of 2008.
Interest and demand for automatic code generation is increasing across industries as both project complexity and the amount of software within embedded devices escalate, boosting sales of modeling tools to meet this requirement.
Going forward, growth opportunities will be dependent upon increased demand for automation in multiple industries, continued implementation of certification requirements and applications in industries less penetrated by modeling tools such as medical and energy/power.