1 month ago

Polarion ALM 17.1 – What’s New and Noteworthy

Summer is rolling in and before the vacation season gets well underway, it’s time to announce the release of Polarion ALM version 17.1 – the first service release of the version 17 cycle – and as usual, to give you a summary of what our development team delivers in the release. So without more ado, let’s jump in.

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4 months ago

Polarion ALM 17 – What’s New And Noteworthy

Once again I’m pleased to announce availability of a new major version release: Polarion ALM 17. The first thing our veteran customers will probably notice is the version number. We previously tagged our versions with the year of the release of the major version. The change is simply to make our version numbering consistent with the way other products in the Siemens PLM Software product line are numbered.

As you know, our major version releases roll up  new features and improvements already released to customers during previous Service Releases, and add a few new things. To learn more what we have released during previous Service Releases check these posts:

Let’s look now at what’s new and interesting for you in Polarion ALM 17.

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5 months ago

Current Tech Trends: Attack of the Drones!

I recently purchased a set of Star Wars drones and it got me thinking about all the practical and impractical uses for IoT devices. Drone technology is constantly evolving as new innovation and big investment is bringing more advanced drones to the market every few months.

The complexity of these perceived simplistic products is amazing. You have physical components that start with lightweight composite materials to radar/positioning, sensors and circuit boards and finally software or the brain that controls all aspects of the drone.

What could go wrong? Well… everything could. For industrial use and military grade applications, the results can be disastrous. Quality becomes the critical component of the production lifecycle. The obvious first step is to make sure all components work according to requirement specifications. Do all the components behave correctly?

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6 months ago

Join us: Improve your DOORS Experience [Webinar]

Product development is even more complex than ever, with users expecting smarter, better connected products. This change is making it even more difficult for innovation to match faster consumer demand – and your competitors are finding new methods to succeed.

Accelerating demands in product line engineering has forced many organizations like yours to capitalize on new opportunities, and it might be time to replace your legacy DOORS software with Polarion application lifecycle management (ALM). Read the rest of this entry »

7 months ago

Changing Lanes Quickly and Safely with Automotive ALM

There are few things more ubiquitous today than your car, especially within the fast-paced confines of our commuter culture. Now, as of 2016, no living generation can claim the automobile as anything less than the quintessential means of transportation.

As such, consumers expect new vehicles to provide expedient travel from place to place, better fuel economy year-over-year, and an assurance that the roads are growing more secure with added safety features.

Manufacturers are perpetually striking a balance between providing cost-effective hardware improvements that will simultaneously satisfy the evolving requirements of style, safety, and compliance. That’s more or less been the auto industry goal for 30+ years. Read the rest of this entry »

7 months ago

Polarion ALM 2016 SR3 – What’s New and Noteworthy

As 2016 draws to a close, so does the development cycle of our product version 2016. I’m happy to announce the availability of Service Release 3 (SR3) and provide some information about what it delivers. Let’s jump right in. Read the rest of this entry »

8 months ago

Internet of Things: Creating Challenges for Medical Device Manufacturers

We recently posted “Internet of Things: Expanding Into Medical Device Enterprise,” and welcome you to part two of the ongoing discussion about medical devices and the Internet of Things (IoT).


Because field update of software is possible for hardware that is no longer manufactured it is now probable that more than one DMR will be approved for use with the variety of different product configurations (hardware and software variants).  In addition to this an update of the product in the field requires the DHR not be a static lot based document.  It is now time based.

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8 months ago

Internet of Things: Expanding into Medical Device Digital Enterprise

What is the definition of the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Gartner defines IoT as the following: “The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with the internal states or the external environment.”

If a medical device firm is implementing an IoT device, implied in the definition is a set of new product features related to the company ideation, realization and utilization systems. We will begin with a delineation some of the new capabilities and potential features IoT promises to bring to our devices.

This list will be fairly short to illustrate the difficulty in implementing this kind of technology, and the need for a digital model to support the effort not only in creation of the product, but just as critical, in management of the device after deployment.

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8 months ago

Software QA Needs Changing in Connected World

We expect connected devices to simply work. As more “things” adopt connectivity – thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) – there is an evolving need for quality assurance (QA) and software test management, as development and QA departments face new challenges.

QA processes must be implemented throughout the entire product development lifecycle.

Polarion QA accelerates the ability to design, coordinate and track test activities using a single, collaborative QA environment. For organizations that face regulatory scrutiny, you’ll have the ability to pass any audit or compliance test with full project traceability.

To register for the “Software QA & Testing in a Connected World” webinar, please click here.

During the webinar, you’ll hear about the following topics:

  • Manage quality of code from cradle to grave
  • Leverage your existing Test Resources and artifacts
  • Jump start your projects with ready to use templates
  • Easily manage all defects, issues and enhancements from one platform
  • Seamlessly unify with legacy test automation tools and processes
  • Linking code to test cases and requirements

Polarion QA makes it possible for QA managers, test managers, and testers are able to efficiently design, coordinate, and track all test management activities in a single solution. Design your testing process specifically for your needs, with test cases controlled throughout the lifecycle.

Here are some of the benefits of using Polarion QA:

  • Ensure all relevant software requirements are covered by test cases and all test cases are consistent with their requirements
  • Customizable test specifications from ready-made templates
  • Use your existing test cases


9 months ago

Join us: ‘Embedded Software Like Never Before’ Live Webinar

Software is leading a digitization revolution that is changing how modern products are designed, manufactured, and supported once released to the market. Further muddying the waters, network connectivity, the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), is disrupting traditional product development with more and more connected “Things” joining the fray.

Your development teams must adapt to accelerating product lifecycle times, more and more complexities, and growing regulatory compliance and standards conformance, with very little room for error during development – as well as in post-release scenarios. Increasing product demand for network make it difficult to identify and mitigate security vulnerabilities, failure scenarios, and other problems within a product’s embedded software. Read the rest of this entry »