Smart Products have both a hardware and a software component. Their development therefore requires process models that are specially designed and adapted to this hybrid character. These are designed to bring together the various development cycles and methods (e.g. waterfall for hardware and agile methods for software) in an optimized and coordinated manner.
However, since the networking (connectivity) of products is added to hardware and software, these hybrid process models alone are not sufficient to map the exponential increase in complexity in the coordination and optimization of the various components in networked systems. A new systematic approach is therefore required to master development projects in the environment of networked systems.
Development model for networked systems
The central feature of this approach is the intelligent linking of the relevant organizational structures in the sense of a cross-functional, coordinated development organization, such as R&D, product management and manufacturing.
Analogous to organizational networking, development information (data) must also be intelligently linked with and coordinated with each other, i.e. consistently - e.g. product data (e.g. specifications, individual features and feature cross-dependencies), customer data (e.g. prices, volumes, country specifics), development data (e.g. eBOM and drawings) or production data (e.g. mBOM and work plans).
One of the main challenges of this development process is not to create separate, optimized information architectures and tools for each organizational and information unit, because once they have been introduced they can hardly be coordinated with each other and thus make efficient development more difficult (keyword: media breaks).
SysLM as an integrative approach
Against this background, SysLM (System Lifecycle Management) offers an integrative approach in which all components and information are coordinated with each other from the beginning and until the end of the life cycle of a system.
This ensures maximum quality and cost efficiency (especially in terms of Total Cost of Ownership TCOQ). It also enables the generation of further revenue opportunities at later points in the product (system) life. Digital Twin applications or service-oriented business approaches, which would not be conceivable without coordinated system networking and data evaluation, can also be implemented with this approach.
ROI supports companies in designing and implementing holistic SysLM solutions. Our service portfolio contains the following in particular:
- SysLM strategy development, architecture design, PLM system selection and system integration
- Selection of platforms for integrating ALM, PLM and ERP systems
- Introduction of the tools and methods of MBSE and end-to-end integration in PLM processes and systems
- Optimisation of product architectures and setting up of a cross-domain variant system
- Design of collaboration processes and selection of solutions for integration and data exchange
- Analysis and design of the necessary organisational and procedural changes
- Implementation of agile methods