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Spotlighting the latest PLE advances.
The Convergence: Product Line Engineering Meets Product Lifecycle Management
Modern Feature-based Product Line Engineering (PLE) can trace its roots to the software engineering field, but quickly spread to the systems engineering world as well. Then came the marriage between PLE and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) — brought about when the engineering complexity of mechanical product families with embedded software increased to a threshold where it is intractable for mechanical, systems and software product line engineering to remain disjointed. PLE tools and methods in commercial practice today support variation management in requirements, architecture, design models, source code, bill-of-materials, documentation, configuration data, test cases and more.
The following resources provide a view into the convergence of PLE and PLM, and the significant benefits that can be achieved through the integration of these technologies.
Ovum view: Software is prompting integration of product line engineering and product lifecycle management
This overview, by Ovum analyst firm, addresses how smarter products have been driving more complexity into product design — and how software is driving more product differentiation and value, lowering the barriers for proliferating product models or configurations. The authors, analysts Tony Baer and Michael Azoff, explore PLE as an emerging discipline that embraces a higher level feature-oriented view of products in a product line portfolio – and BigLever’s PLE solution, which has established its first foothold in the PLM world with an integration with Aras.
Mechanical Product Lifecycle Management meets Product Line Engineering
This paper, by BigLever CEO Dr. Charles Krueger, highlights the convergence of mechanical, systems and software product line engineering. Dr Krueger explores why this convergence was slow to emerge, including major challenges such as the conceptual misalignment among the traditionally distinct disciplines, as well as the differences between the physics of mechanical and software systems. The Aras Innovator / BigLever Gears Bridge, an example of PLM and PLE integration, is used in this paper to illustrate key concepts.
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BigLever’s PLE Spotlight
In a product-centric environment, it’s common for the same engineering work to be repeated over and over - once for each product in the portfolio to which the work applies. Each time a new requirement is added, a software defect is corrected, or a test case is...
Working smarter, not harder, should be the goal of every organization. Product line engineering makes that possible. Thom Singer and Craig Brown are joined by an expert who knows how to help companies work smarter. Product line engineering expert and VP of Customer...
The Forces of Modularity: Macro and Micro Patterns in the Innovation Ecosystem – Momentum Blog Series
Last but certainly not least, we have Bill Schindel's presentation on The Forces of Modularity. Bill is the President of ICTT System Sciences. Bill’s work for commercial and defense clients and technical societies focuses on recurring patterns in engineered and...
BigLever to Spotlight the Latest Advances in Feature-based Product Line Engineering with the Adoption of ISO 26580 at INCOSE International Symposium 2021
AUSTIN, Texas – July 13, 2021 – BigLever Software, the long-standing leader in the Product Line Engineering (PLE) field, announced today that the company will provide insight into the latest PLE advances and emerging trends during the International Council on Systems...
BigLever to Present Key Issues in Feature-based Product Line Engineering and ISO 26580 at Method Park Process Insights 2021
AUSTIN, Texas – June 3, 2021– BigLever Software, the long-standing leader in Product Line Engineering (PLE), announced today that Dr. Paul Clements, VP of Customer Success of BigLever, will present “Key Issues of Organizational Structure and Processes with...
Fortune 100 companies, industry experts and analysts share insights and experiences on the essential role that modern Feature-based PLE now plays in the successful transition to sophisticated digital enterprises. AUSTIN, Texas – May 3, 2021 – BigLever Software, the...