Engineering teams from across diverse disciplines have been faced with new pressures to share information, collaborate on designs and accelerate time to market. One thing is clear: “Smarter” products require smarter development processes. This is even more important in today’s era of the Internet of Things, which introduces much more connectedness, and thus more complexity.
Within the Internet of Things, operational and performance data from products already in the field can be captured and used to improve existing and future products. Treating products as systems operating within even larger systems has become a design imperative—and tools and practices to help engineers address this need are becoming essential to maintaining competitiveness.