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Ebert C.,Vector Consulting Services
Software and Systems Modeling | Year: 2013

Rising cost pressure is forcing manufacturers and their suppliers to jointly and consistently master product development. Our industry case study shows how a leading automotive OEM over time has achieved effective interaction of engineering processes, tools, and people on the basis of product and application life-cycle management (PLM/ALM). Its scope is first an introduction to PLM/ALM on the basis of a model-driven engineering (MDE) for one or several products or product families. Second, PLM and ALM need tool support to the degree necessary to ease handling and drive reuse and consistency. Third, introducing MDE needs profound change management. Starting from establishing the relevant engineering processes, we show how they can be effectively automated for best possible usage across the enterprise and even for suppliers. We practically describe how such a profound change process is successfully managed together with impacted engineers and how the concepts can be transferred to other companies. Concrete results for efficiency improvement, shorter lead time, and better quality in product development combined with better global engineering underline the business value. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Ebert C.,Vector Consulting Services
SAE Technical Papers | Year: 2013

Functions such as adaptive cruise control, crash protection systems, active body control and ESP are increasing in complexity and taking an ever more active role in controlling the car. These functions are realized by systems of sensors, actuators and interconnected electronic control units. The systems must be designed to function under a variety of operating conditions and must adhere to a number of mechanical, hardware and software constraints. In order to be able to manage the emerging product liability risks associated with such systems as well as ensuring the high level of quality required of automotive systems, significant improvements to engineering processes are necessary. In this article, we describe our experiences in adapting companies' development processes to conform to safety standards and to cope with the challenges mentioned above. We detail key success factors in overcoming these challenges and provide practical examples from working with global OEMs and tier-one suppliers on implementing safety standards in E/E development. Copyright © 2013 SAE International.

Ebert C.,Vector Consulting Services | Brinkkemper S.,University Utrecht
Journal of Systems and Software | Year: 2014

Product management is a key success factor for software products as it spans the entire life-cycle and thus ensures both a technical and business perspective. With its many interfaces to various business processes and stakeholders across the life-cycle, it is a primary driver for requirements engineering in its focus on value-orientation and consistency across releases. This article provides an overview on product management in software and IT. It summarizes experiences with introducing, improving and deploying the role of a product manager. In order to get a profound industry overview we performed a field study with interviews and concrete insight across fifteen different organizations world-wide on the role of the product manager and its success factors. As a technical solution we present four success factors identified from the research and show how they address the challenges we identified in practice. The novel part of this research and technical study is the industry survey and evaluation of resulting solution proposals. We found that with increasing institutionalization of a consistent and empowered product management role, the success rate of projects in terms of schedule predictability, quality and project duration improves. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Peng X.,Fudan University | Ali Babar M.,University of Adelaide | Ebert C.,Vector Consulting Services
IEEE Software | Year: 2014

Outsourcing to the crowd, or crowdsourcing, has launched extremely successful businesses, such as Linux. But platforms for efficient collaboration and crowdsourcing support are still emerging. This article provides an overview of current technologies for crowdsourcing. © 1984-2012 IEEE.

Louridas P.,Athens University of Economics and Business | Ebert C.,Vector Consulting Services
IEEE Software | Year: 2013

Embedded analytics and statistics for big data have emerged as an important topic across industries. As the volumes of data have increased, software engineers are called to support data analysis and applying some kind of statistics to them. This article provides an overview of tools and libraries for embedded data analytics and statistics, both stand-alone software packages and programming languages with statistical capabilities. © 2013 IEEE.

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