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10 months ago
 

What’s New and Noteworthy in Polarion 2016

I’m very pleased to announce the release of yet another new major version of Polarion… version 2016. It’s the first one since we became a Siemens company, and one thing I hope you will notice is… nothing has changed. Oh there are new features and enhancements of course. But our R&D still employs enterprise agile principles, enabling us to release frequently, faster, and with better customer satisfaction.

We will still have a “service release” (SR) each quarter that not only contains issue fixes and feature enhancements, but also includes complete new features if they are fully implemented, tested, and documented, and they do not significantly change the way people have been trained to use the last Polarion major version. All the new features released in the SRs roll up into our next major version, which when released, also includes new features and functionality.

So what I’ll show you in this post are the enhancements published since our last service release… all delivered just as we always have done, in the way you have come to rely on. Read the rest of this entry »

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10 months ago
 

Cloud Computing and Software Validation

One of the more difficult problems associated with the introduction of cloud computing is a constant need for software validation of platform software changes.

Many of Polarion’s clients use our software in the verification and validation (V&V) of product software, but equally important, our product is very well suited for onboarding what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) terms “Automated Processes” as defined in 21 CFR §820.70(i).

These are systems developed for “When computers or automated data processing systems are used as part of production or the quality system, …”. Examples include Product Life Management (PLM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), custom production applications, and in some cases even the company web site if it is used for dissemination of company documentation to customers.

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10 months ago
 

Polarion and Perforce Cross Finish Line for Auto Roadshow

Polarion Software recently joined one of our valued partners, Perforce Software, during the European Automotive Technology Roadshow 2016. It was a fun and exciting opportunity to hop in the roadshow trailer, visiting different locations in the UK and Europe.

During the event, we visited OEMs and tier 1 suppliers in the UK and Germany and Belgium, with stops at Nissan, Aston Martin, Ford, Adam Opel, Continental, and Toyota. It was a great opportunity to speak with a variety of different engineers and managers responsible for R&D, software, and mechanical products.

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10 months ago
 

Join Polarion at IoT Dev + Test to Discuss Challenges Facing Embedded Software

Businesses want the Internet of Things (IoT) in the workplace, and that means developing or adopting embedded software to enhance products. This new evolution means software quality is even more important in manufacturing, as more organizations want to release products with embedded software.

There will be 6.4 billion connected things in use worldwide, according to Gartner estimates in late 2015, a 30 percent increase from last year.

On Wednesday, April 20, our SVP Strategy & Business Development Stefano Rizzo will be presenting “The 4th Industrial Revolution and IoT Predictions: A Software Perspective” at Mobile Dev + Test ” [LINK].

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10 months ago
 

Guest Post: Software and Security of Connected Products, Part One

Part 1: Role of software in product development
by Oleg Shilovitsky @ Beyond PLM

We live in the era of smart products. The last decade of mobile device technology created a new platform – smartphones. Originally designed as a communication device, smartphones transformed into a ubiquitous platform of elements – chip, WiFi, memory, display, Bluetooth, storage, and similar products that can be reused in every product.

The cost of these components has declined significantly in the last few years. The average person today travels with a mobile device that has the computational capability equal – or even more powerful – than computers that the aerospace industry uses for navigation. If you think about the cost and availability of Raspberry Pi and Arduino, computers built on single circuit boards, you can understand why and how it revolutionizes many products in the modern era. However, widespread use of these devices has drawbacks that must be properly addressed. Read the rest of this entry »

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11 months ago
 

An Air Tight Solution to Dated DOORS

Today’s fast-paced product line engineering environment demands that you compete and capitalize on opportunities.

You must be able to innovate at unprecedented speeds while improving quality and managing a complex lifecycle of compliance and regulatory standards.

Successful in its day, DOORS is now antiquated, lacking the agility to keep pace with modern development methodologies. DOORS simply cannot expect to meet today’s high demands when it was designed before the browser and smart devices were invented.

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11 months ago
 

Top Test Strategies and Risk Mitigation for IoT and Embedded Systems

The thriving Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem will comprise new vendors that provide applications, middle-ware and connected devices. Traditional hardware device manufacturers will now be in the software business.

IoT creates new opportunities for businesses, but business leaders need to consider software test strategies and risk mitigation practices in the development lifecycle. Managing risk is a necessity in regulated industries, including medical, pharmaceutical, automotive and aerospace – and software is vital as part of connected hardware development. Read the rest of this entry »

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11 months ago
 

Ensuring Trust in Your IoT Solutions

The ongoing emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing how your organization develops products.

Keeping embedded systems secure from cybersecurity threats remains difficult, as it’s not uncommon to include security after a project is completed – but as high-profile security incidents increase in frequency, security simply cannot remain an add-on.

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11 months ago
 

Polarion QA: Solution for Emerging IoT Growing Pains

The emergence of Product Testing
Interconnected devices are expected to work. Your organization cannot afford to be the victim of a high profile recall, or the failure in the chain of interconnected devices which comprise anything  delivered using the Internet of Things (IoT).

Now add Agile, iterative and extreme programming cycles, creating massive amounts of high frequency change data and you a have perfect storm of QA challenges that requires a  flexible QA process holistically implemented throughout the entire product lifecycle development.

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11 months ago
 

An Insight to Truth

For some time document management, PLM, and ERP systems have been banging the drum of becoming the company single source of truth.  I would like to take a different approach and discuss the data management from a framework of an insight to truth. This approach is agnostic to where data is stored, and specific to how it is defined, processed, and presented to stakeholders for management of the product. The following is a flowchart of a typical company risk management process. (I will present a comprehensive view of Medical Device Risk Management in an upcoming blog post.)

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