The Product Line Engineering Ecosystem
The Product Line Engineering (PLE) Ecosystem is an open community of world-class tool providers – including developers of commercial, open source, customized, integrated or proprietary Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools – established for the benefit of engineering organizations seeking consistent, compatible, fully unified PLE solutions.
BigLever’s industry-standard Gears PLE Lifecycle Framework provides the foundation for the ecosystem of PLE tool makers and offers an open opportunity for you to join other tool makers in the PLE revolution.
Gears delivers the PLE Bridge API, which enables you to create bridges for connecting the engineering tools you develop with the Gears Framework, thereby making your tools "product line aware". These bridges enable your tools to work synchronously with other "product line aware" tools across the full engineering lifecycle. As a result, your engineering tools will operate seamlessly, efficiently and effectively as part of the unified PLE lifecycle toolsets used by a rapidly growing number of product and systems engineering organizations.
BigLever also provides the Gears Bridge SDK, a companion development kit that delivers the complete package of documentation, examples and support materials that tool developers need to quickly and easily build consistent, compatible PLE bridges. BigLever's Bridge Partner Program and Bridge Validation process allow you to demonstrate – through a series of validation steps – that your bridge integration fully supports the PLE capabilities defined in the Gears Bridge SDK. As a Validated Bridge provider, you can display the BigLever Validated Bridge logo, in order to clearly convey that your bridge product fully supports the industry's best and most successful PLE practices.
The Gears PLE Lifecycle Framework provides the platform.
BigLever's Gears PLE Lifecycle Framework provides the technology foundation for unified PLE solutions.
Gears, plus any number of bridged tools selected from the PLE ecosystem, enable engineering organizations to establish an automated, feature-based production system – much like a manufacturing factory – for creating, assembling and configuring systems and software engineering assets, such as requirements, models, designs, source code, test cases and documentation.
With Gears, and your bridged tool, organizations in your user community can create a "supply chain" of feature-configurable assets, created with your "product-line aware tool", and feed these assets into the Gears feature-based product configurator to automatically produce the all assets for the different "flavors" of products in a product line portfolio, with the push of a single button.
Collaboration for a complete PLE ecosystem.
Now, you can join the PLE revolution and build bridges to become part of the expanding PLE ecosystem of consistent, compatible, and fully unified PLE solutions for your users.