Interconnectivity contributing to the convergence of embedded and
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.
The growing interconnectivity between devices and supporting systems
impacting development is reinforced by our research indicating nearly 55% of
all embedded engineers surveyed expect their projects to require some form of
web connectivity within the next two year.
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.
Historically the IT and embedded markets were quite dissimilar with
distinct requirements. An interesting question going forward is whether the
market, or perhaps only certain segments, will lock for further convergence of
requirements and structure in these tool sets.
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
Broadening or blurring of engineering roles
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
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.
Our recent survey of the engineering community confirms the actual use of
standard and proprietary language-based tools is spread over a wide range of
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.
Lending further credence to notion of a coming need for cross-domain
engineering integration we have even observed the lines between the
development and mechanical design starting to blur with some proprietary
language-based solutions being used for mechanical system layout and design.
Strategic Issues, Trends & Market Drivers
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.
By the estimate of one leading tool vendor, upwards of 90% of their larger
customers consider tool interoperability and absolute must-have functionality/
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.
Market Segmentation, Estimates & Forecasts
Modeling tool market benefits from rebound in automotive industry and
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
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.
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Implications for Vendors
page 13 VDC offers the following observations and recommendations