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Engineer vs. Information Technology, Part I: Let's Get Ready to Rumble!

Embedded systems and software engineers lag information technology (IT) professionals in the use of formal requirements management tools across the development cycle, according to VDC Research Group in Natick, Mass.

VDC Research Group’s new report on requirements management and definition tools reveals that more than 40 percent of the embedded engineers surveyed do not use formal tools for various requirements engineering tasks. Enterprise/IT software engineers, however, reported “higher use saturation than those embedded engineers who do employ these tools,” according to VDC Research Group analysts.

“Despite the high level of complexity in today’s embedded systems, embedded engineers have fallen behind enterprise/IT software developers in the use of requirements management and definition tools,” explains Chris Rommel, senior analyst of VDC Research’s Embedded Software and Tools practice. “But we are already seeing this dynamic change as more embedded engineering organizations look for ways to address the growth in device software complexity and maintain and improve engineering efficiency and product quality.”

Engineers of embedded systems and software have traditionally “had discrete roles focused on specific engineering tasks that subsequently required the use of point products targeted at specific engineering problems,” a VDC Research representative describes. Today, engineers working on embedded systems are increasingly being called upon to perform myriad (if not all) functions in the end-to-end product development lifecycle.

In the right corner Engineer and the left InfoTech

In the right corner Engineers, in the left InfoTech

For more on VDC Research Group’s findings, see “2010 Software & System Lifecycle Management Tools Market Intelligence Service, Volume 3: Requirements Management & Definition Tools.” The new report is currently available for purchase, and a complimentary executive brief with high-level findings is available for download.

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