BigLever Press & Analyst Coverage

Embedded Computing Design: Product Line Engineering — Intelligent manufacturing for intelligent products

February 10, 2017 The Internet of Things (IoT) is ramping up the creation diverse, intelligent, and connected products, in many cases much more quickly than the manufacturing people, processes, and technologies used to create them can support. This requires a new approach to engineering and product lifecycle management, according to Dr. Charles Krueger, CEO of BigLever Software, and in this interview he explains how large-scale organizations can abstract complex processes and portfolios to gain a competitive edge. >> more

Manufacturing Engineering: Q&A with Dr. Charles Krueger
PLE Helps Engineering Teams Reduce Product Development Complexity

February 8, 2017 – Manufacturing Engineering: Your company just released onePLE, a new version of its product line engineering [PLE] software. What's new in this version?

Charles Krueger: With onePLE, BigLever is bringing to market a holistic PLE solution. It combines our services offering with the Gears technological framework and integrates with other partner solutions, which includes lots of engineering tools across the full lifecycle. >> more

Digital Engineering: A Product Variation Flight Checklist

October 3, 2016 – Complex products such as robots, tractors, airplanes and battleships are now much more than mechanical products; they are sophisticated digital systems with a mechanical purpose. The Airbus A380 has approximately 4 million parts and 100 million lines of code embedded in processors scattered throughout the aircraft. Such a difference between part count and code line count is now normal in automotive, aerospace & defense, medical, high tech, shipbuilding and many other industries. >> more

Digital Engineering: BigLever Stakes PLE Claim In The Enterprise

September 20, 2016 – PLM, SLM, and engineering document management have become fairly mainstream enterprise pillars for modern-day product development. Now, BigLever Software is making the case that the less familiar Product Line Engineering (PLE) technology is also gaining traction as an enterprise platform as opposed to a siloed engineering solution. >> more

DesignNews: Product Line Engineering Gets a Visual Makeover

May 11, 2016 – In recent months we've seen a slew of announcements about design software companies partnering with other design software companies to create easy integration of differing tools. It's a mix and match of design software coming together in order to make life easier for the design engineer who has to manage multiple tools (PLM and CAD) or multiple versions of the same tool (CAD programs by different vendors). >> more BigLever's Push for More Comprehensive Product Line Architecture Strategies

April 21, 2016 – It's becoming increasingly important for companies to bring to market an ever-growing variety of highly sophisticated new products and product features. Companies must rapidly build and deliver a more diverse product line that can be customized to meet market demand, differentiated from competitive offerings, and easily augmented and evolved. These trends impact companies in numerous ways — one of the most significant is the mounting engineering complexity that underpins most of today's manufactured products. >> more

Manufacturing Engineering: Using PLE to Control Product Variations

March 1, 2016 – Patrick Waurzyniak, Senior Editor for Manufacturing Engineering Magazine, provides insight into how Product Line Engineering relates to Product Lifecycle Management and the Internet of Things in this Q&A article based on a discussion with Dr. Charles Krueger, BigLever Software CEO. >> more

Embedded Computing Design: The theory behind product line engineering

November 12, 2015 – At first glance, product development may seem like the most complex component of the product life cycle. However, everything developed from the silicon, circuit boards, and software have features, options, and derivatives that need to be identified, productized, and maintained. Managing the myriad of variations within a product line is often called product line engineering (PLE). In this column, we'll explore PLE in more detail and look at a company with a unique paradigm and solution for lowering complexity and increasing reliability within product lines. >> more

Desktop Engineering: Product Line Engineering 101

November 2, 2015 – Product line engineering (PLE) could be the difference between success and failure when building most anything. The basic concept behind PLE is creating, automating and managing the processes that allow a related set of products to share engineering assets and effort in order to achieve an efficient means of production. In other words, PLE makes creating things (physical goods, services, software, etc.) easier and more cost effective. >> more

Automotive Design & Production: Managing Product Lines by Focusing on Features

July 29, 2015 – Product lifecycle management (PLM) has been the system of choice for product development. Now there's product line engineering (PLE). Michael Azoff, principal analyst at London-based Ovum Consulting (, describes PLE as "an emerging discipline that embraces a higher-level, feature-oriented view of the product." He explains, "Taking a higher-level, feature-centric view not only makes it easier to communicate and understand product variation, it also makes it easier to manage the software development component of the feature. PLE takes this concept to the next level by grouping design and software necessary for a specific product configuration to be managed as a logical entity." more

Gartner Report: Cool Vendors in Product Design and Life Cycle Management, 2015

April 8, 2015 – The 2015 Cool Vendors deliver value to product strategists, product developers and manufacturing specialists in designing and delivering to market demands in this era of digital business. Cool Vendors selected include BigLever Software, Concrete, Esteco, Granta Design, and Proplanner. >> more

Selected Press & Analyst Coverage Archive

Mar 31, 2015 A new paradigm for product line diversity, variant management, and complexity management in manufacturing, Industrial Embedded Systems
Feb 16, 2015 PLM Joins With PLE To Address Product Line Complexity, Digital Engineering
Jan, 2015 Software is prompting integration of product line engineering and product lifecycle management, Ovum Analyst Report
Jan 27, 2015 BigLever and Aras Bridge the Engineering Gap, Automation World
Jan 27, 2015 BigLever and Aras Deliver Product Line Engineering Integration, Blog article – Joe Barkai, Product and Market Strategist and Catalyst
Jan 26, 2015 BigLever Software Introduces the Industry's First Integrated Product Line Engineering and Product Lifecycle Management Solution, Industrial Embedded Systems
Jan 15, 2015 Live Training Transformation Inducted into Software Hall of Fame, Military Simulation and Training Magazine
Jan 12, 2015 U.S. Army's Live Training Transformation Product Line Inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 18th International Software Product Line Conference, Military Embedded Systems
Oct 13, 2014 Design Reuse: Reusing vs. Cloning and Owning, Analyst Joe Barkai, Product and Market Strategist and Catalyst
Aug 28, 2014 Advanced Product Line Engineering Puts the Auto Industry in Overdrive, John Day's Automotive Electronics
July 14, 2014 BigLever and MadCap Partner for Documentation Management & Product Line Engineering Solution, John Day's Automotive Electronics
June 6, 2014 Human out-of-the-loop manufacturing, Industrial Embebbed Systems
Jan/Feb, 2014 Second Generation Product Line Engineering Takes Hold in the DoD, CrossTalk
Dec 3, 2013 BigLever Software - Third Leg to the Platform Design Stool?, Analyst Chad Jackson Lifecycle Insights blog
Aug 30, 2013 BigLever Software Announces Gears 7.2, Desktop Engineering
Aug 27, 201 Feature-based product line family management software, Automotive Engineering International
July 31, 2013 BigLever and the Agile Product Line, Analyst Wayne Kernochan blog
July 12, 2013 BigLever gets product line 'family trees' in Gears 7.2, SD Times
Feb 20, 2013 BigLever Software delivers new bridge integration solution for Sparx Systems, SD Times
April 2012 Second-Generation Paradigm, Army Acquisition, Logistics & Technology (AL&T)
June 7, 2012 BigLever Gears up Ver. 7.0 for software engineering, EETimes
May 24, 2012 Bridges built to Hadoop, product-line engineering, SD Times
Dec 16, 2011 BigLever Software Makes Gains, Austin Business Journal
Aug 30, 2011 ALM and PLM: Make It Work, People, Forrester Blog
July 18, 2011 Reuse is an event, but sharing is a journey. SD Times
Dec 13, 2010 BigLever Software Expands Adoption of Its Industry-Standard Product Line Engineering Lifecycle Framework with Microsoft Integrations, SD Times
Oct 15, 2010 BigLever partner in $200M gov contract, Austin Business Journal
Sept 24, 2010 Henry Ford Would 'Recoil' at SPL: The role of Software Product Lines, Dr. Dobbs
Oct 6, 2010 IBM partners on 'smart' wind system, CNET
May 28, 2010  Organization works to blend application, product lifecycle management, SD Times
May 26, 2010 BigLever gets ALM, PLM in gear, SD TImes

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