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3 days ago
 

Current Tech Trends: I4.0 Continues Driving Development

Software is eating the world!” is a phrase that we’ve used in the past, and the technology continues to be extremely disruptive. As organizations try to sort out the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), sometimes referred to as Industrie 4.0 (I4.0), decision makers shouldn’t be too hasty in deployment plans.

Trying to figure out how to deal with punctuated innovation times, shrinking product lifecycles, and growing complexities is difficult. Customers must find methods to automate systems engineering while developing quality embedded software when consumers expect new and differentiated products. Read the rest of this entry »

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1 week ago
 

On your Radar: “An Introduction to Polarion ALM” webinar

Software is complicated, and development teams have no time to lose when creating increasingly complex products.

The use of an application lifecycle management (ALM) solution, such as Polarion ALM, gives your team a faster, more reliable method during software development.

Collaboration, traceability and workflow are three core principles built into Polarion ALM, with traceability and collaboration supported across your development teams. It’s easier to pass any audit, compliance, and regulatory inspection, with development artifacts easily accessible throughout the development process.

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1 week ago
 

Making Sense of Current Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Demands

Application lifecycle management (ALM) is no longer a solution that decision makers can ignore as part of their development plans.

Utilizing three core principles – collaboration, traceability, and workflow – it’s become easier to pass audits, compliance checks, and regulatory inspections using traceability that is easily implemented.

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2 weeks ago
 

ALM-PLM Integration Helping Your Organization Develop Products

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing how your business develops, manufactures, and supports products.

Software continues to “eat the world,” and our dependency on software continues to evolve, so there’s time for teams to suffer from rework and delays. Closing the gap between application lifecycle management (ALM) and product lifecycle management (PLM) gives your workers improved toolsets to implement during the development lifecycle. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 weeks ago
 

Medical: A Risk Management Data Model

In our previous blogs I described [blog 1] and [blog 2] the regulatory requirements related to product risk and the elements required to build a database for use in the risk management system. The following is a discussion of the risk management data model and how the evaluation of risk can be accomplished using the design control previously discussed.

ISO 14971 Annex E characterizes the relationship between elements in the analysis of risk with the following flow chart:

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1 month ago
 

On-Demand: Business Benefits of ALM-PLM Integration

Organizations have the ability to bridge the gap between application lifecycle management (ALM) and product lifecycle management (PLM) – with proper ALM-PLM integration providing immediate business implications.

ALM-PLM integration provides the following benefits: Visibility across all assets, accurately link firmware with hardware, and collaboration and traceability of assets throughout all lifecycle phases. Engineers will not be overwhelmed by irrelevant data, as they are able to work in a domain familiar to them. Visit the ALM-PLM page by clicking here.

To view Business Benefits of ALM-PLM Integration on-demand, please click the following banner:

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1 month ago
 

Medical: A Traceability Data Model

To read the first blog in this series, Comprehensive Medical Device Risk Management, please click here. 

The first task of any product development process is generally to discover, define and link the items of interest for that product. This is best accomplished in a logic Flow Diagram, and is the basis for developing the Design V&V test plan, and risk Management framework. One example of such a diagram is the Polarion medical device template comprehensive traceability table (shown below).

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1 month ago
 

Comprehensive Medical Device Risk Management

One of the more difficult system development tasks in the context of a new medical device is how to organize and develop the product risk management strategy. When contemplating how to construct a system to manage this task, it’s necessary to consult not only company work flows and processes, but standards adopted by the competent authorities meant to standardize how medical device products are developed and approved.

Standards

At the time of this writing, the two standards used in definition and implementation of medical device risk management are ISO 14971:2009 and TIR 24971:2013. Europe has added to the mix by approving an EN ISO version of 14971, which is EN ISO 14971:2012. The EN version is different in several important aspects, and is required if the company is selling into Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

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1 month ago
 

Webinar: Are You Ready for Enterprise Agile?

Adopting Enterprise Agile can be a tough decision, as there is even more competition in the enterprise business world. As your development team needs to deliver better software – at an even faster pace – it’s a topic that we’ve discussed with you in the past.

It’s no longer just individual departments embracing agile software development, with companies showing increased interest in Enterprise Agile. Is your organization ready? We recently hosted a webinar that discusses some of the benefits – and challenges – related to Enterprise Agile.

During the recorded webinar, you’ll hear an introduction about Enterprise Agile and Polarion, lessons learned about the transition, and recommendations for better rollout. Click the following banner to download:

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1 month ago
 

Polarion 2016 SR1 – What’s New and Noteworthy

One of the things I always enjoy about my role is getting to showcase the latest output of our stellar development team. In the new version just released, Polarion 2016 SR1, we have focused less on introducing new features and more on enhancement of existing features, especially in Test Management and LiveDocs. We also put a lot of efforts into things around performance and scalability – something we will continue to do. So with that in mind, let’s jump in and see what’s in this release. Read the rest of this entry »

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2 months ago
 

ALM-PLM and Good Software: Helping You Transition into the I4.0

Internet connectivity is making drastic changes in your home and workplace, while manufacturers try to keep up with the ongoing software evolution.

Embracing I4.0 presents great benefits, but there are a number of different challenges: risk management, test management, quality assurance, cybersecurity, and other causes for concern.

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2 months ago
 

ALM: Helping Make Sense of Evolving Medical Device Complexities

Software has evolved to become the key differentiator for medical device manufacturers, even though there are continued challenges.

The use of a unified application lifecycle management (ALM) solution, such as Polarion ALM, accelerates innovation while at the same time streamlining quality assurance and automating proof of compliance.

Despite the benefits of software innovation for medical devices, there are a number of strict quality requirements, product failure risks, and even more regulatory complexity.

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2 months ago
 

Unified ALM-PLM: Helping Break Down Development Silos

The successful adoption of application lifecycle management (ALM) [Polarion ALM] and product lifecycle management (PLM) has given Siemens the last major piece to its “systems-driven product development environment” – as IoT leads to even more connected medical devices, cars, factories, and other emerging solutions.

The parallel silos formed around ALM and PLM solutions have come crashing down with better supported ALM-PLM integration. In the past, we discussed a unified ALM-PLM roadmap with a future vision, strategy, and steps toward success.

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