ALPS Electric Co., Ltd.

Improved development process accelerates product life cycle

Published on 27-Aug-2010

Validated on 14 Aug 2013

"After conducting trials of many products in the market since the 1990s, we finally found a more suitable development method for embedded software. We’ve used this solution in over 30 projects, and it worked every time." - Satoshi Hayasaka, Automotive Division, ALPS Electric Co., Ltd.

Customer:
ALPS Electric Co., Ltd.

Industry:
Electronics

Deployment country:
Japan

Solution:
Application Design-Build-Manage, IT Life Cycle Management , Smarter Planet

Smarter Planet:
Smart Products

Overview

ALPS Electric Co., Ltd., hopes to contribute to the continued development of society by pursuing the art of electronics while balancing between function/quality and product price, and considering energy/resource saving. The automotive department provides devices and systems for electronic control and data telecommunications that are conscious of safety, comfort and environment preservation.

Business need:
To stay ahead in the challenging and competitive automotive industry, ALPS Electric needed a way to speed products, such as air-conditioning and keyless entry systems, through the life cycle and testing process to hit the finish line with improved workflow, quality and shorter lead time to product shipment. The company wanted a process integrating development and test that truly empowered their development staff.

Solution:
Leveraging the capabilities of IBM Rational software, ALPS Electric created a core solution, Model-Based and Test-Driven Development (MBTDD). MBTDD is a new development method that allows developers to focus more on high-value-added work such as development of models and test scenarios. In the new method, developers take end-to-end responsibility for their deliverables, allowing the company to drastically improve product quality and immediate development cost savings.

Benefits:
· Allows engineers to find errors early in the design life cycle and before final integration testing. This improves the quality and efficiency of development processes. · Automated code generation and test execution reduced overall development effort in the creation of real-time and embedded systems/software. · Enables diverse teams to collaborate to validate functionality early in the development process enabling the environment to delive high-quality products.

Case Study

ALPS Electric Co., Ltd., hopes to contribute to the continued development of society by pursuing the art of electronics while balancing between function/quality and product price, and considering energy/resource saving. The automotive department provides devices and systems for electronic control and data telecommunications that are conscious of safety, comfort and environment preservation.

The Need
To stay ahead in the challenging and competitive automotive industry, ALPS Electric needed a way to speed products, such as air-conditioning and keyless entry systems, through the life cycle and testing process to hit the finish line with improved workflow, quality and shorter lead time to product shipment. The company wanted a process integrating development and test that truly empowered their development staff.

The Solution
Leveraging the capabilities of IBM Rational software, ALPS Electric created a core solution, Model-Based and Test-Driven Development (MBTDD). MBTDD is a new development method that allows developers to focus more on high-value-added work such as development of models and test scenarios. In the new method, developers take end-to-end responsibility for their deliverables, allowing the company to drastically improve product quality and immediate development cost savings. Moreover, the rapid MBTDD cycle increased efficiency, quality and accountability while improving employee satisfaction and moving products faster.

What Makes it Smarter
· Allows engineers to find errors early in the design life cycle and before final integration testing. This improves the quality and efficiency of development processes, resulting in shorter lead time to product shipment.
· Automated code generation and test execution reduced overall development effort in the creation of real-time and embedded systems and software.
· Enables diverse teams to collaborate to validate functionality early in the development process enabling the environment to deliver innovative, high-quality products.

For more information
Please contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner. Visit us at:

ibm.com/electronics

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
Rational Statemate, Rational Rhapsody

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