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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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Reflections: INCOSE International Workshop 2023
The steady march of Feature-based Product Line Engineering (PLE) from the narrow field of early adopters into the broad mainstream of systems engineering practitioners was on full display at the INCOSE International Workshop (IW2023) in Torrance, California in...
On Display at IS2022: The Fast-Track Evolution of Product Line Engineering (PLE) into a Cornerstone Practice of Systems Engineering
CEO Perspective: Dr. Charles Krueger, CEO and Founder, BigLever Software Since the previous in-person gathering at INCOSE IS2019, important advances have been fueling the PLE fast-track trajectory, a trend I clearly observed at the recent IS2022. Driven by BigLever...
Product Line Processes in an Engineering Tool Ecosystem
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...
BigLever Announces the Addition of Sales Leader, Jim Browne, to Accelerate Market Expansion
AUSTIN, Texas – September 20, 2022 – BigLever Software, the long-standing leader in Product Line Engineering (PLE), announced today that Jim Browne has joined the organization in the role of Senior Director of Remote Sales. Browne, a veteran sales leader, brings...
BigLever and Vitech Collaborate to Offer Precision Digital Engineering™ Solution, Eliminating a Complexity that Plagues Product Line Systems Engineering
AUSTIN, Texas – May 31, 2022 - BigLever Software, the long-standing leader in Product Line Engineering (PLE) and Vitech, a leading global provider of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and digital engineering solutions, announced today the emergence of a...
BigLever Partners with Delligatti Associates to Help Enterprises Seamlessly Incorporate Leading Edge PLE Practices
AUSTIN, Texas - May 17 2022 - BigLever Software, a pioneer and long-standing leader in Feature-based Product Line Engineering (PLE), today announced that it has partnered with Delligatti Associates, an industry recognized thought leader and provider of Model-Based...