Today's digital-savvy consumers are driving corporations to re-imagine their business models. We expect the products they produce to integrate into our lives, to work in more personal ways, and to adapt to our individual needs.
A new generation of smart products and services
In response to these dynamic buyer behaviors, companies are accelerating innovation in the embedded software that makes products smarter, and in the back-end software services to which these products are connected. Together, smart products and services form an intelligent ecosystem that delivers maximum value and flexibility to users.
When software is effectively fused with microelectronics, sensors, and mechanical technologies, products become increasingly intelligent, instrumented, and interconnected. They can:
Creating new value with a system of systems
In today's complex and rapidly evolving world, it's often impossible to deliver a single system that satisfies a constantly changing set of requirements across the entire value chain.
Consider a smart grid, which needs to integrate multiple independent products and systems to perform its job. Smart meters, smart appliances, and smart homes, all containing embedded software, will be interconnected with numerous back-end software applications to create significant new value for consumers, businesses, and the public.
Systems engineering is key to smart products
Effective integration of software with mechanical, electronic, and electrical engineering is an increasingly critical success factor, requiring a framework for collaboration and visibility across diverse, globally distributed teams. The framework must enable a unified collaborative effort spanning the entire product lifecycle, including requirements, architecture, development, change management, quality management, and product and portfolio management.
Manufacturing company or software company?
Software is the invisible thread critical to sustaining product innovation and competitiveness. Every company is transforming into a software and systems integration company. Approximately 66% of products delivered last year relied on software as a key differentiator.
IBM Rational Workbench for Systems and Software Engineering provides a complete set of tools, best practices, and methodologies spanning the systems and software lifecycle.
Successful product companies of the future
Successful product companies of the future will build competency in software and systems. Best-in-class manufacturers demonstrate four transformational best practices:
Why IBM for smarter products and services?
IBM can provide the offerings and expertise you need to help you make your products and services smarter, so we can all live on a smarter planet.