Accelerate the Pace of Innovation

To capitalize on innovation, companies have invested billions, yet a McKinsey survey shows 94% of executives are dissatisfied with their firms’ innovation performance. Why are these leaders not receiving the anticipated results from their innovation initiatives despite all their spending? Data from countless customer cases shows that a huge obstacle to innovation is poorly addressed: traditional embedded technologies aren’t fast enough and scalable.

 

Is Your Development Process Killing Innovation?

Many organizations still rely on legacy embedded processes, which are reliable but slow. However, as the pace of innovation is accelerating, innovation becomes a no-brainer: manufacturers can’t afford to spend years designing and building a new product anymore.
The good news is that processes already deployed for the IT and smartphone industry have proven their efficiency. Agility, modular programming, and automated testing are now becoming adopted into the embedded industry.

How The Mobile Industry Solved Innovation Pace 10 Years Ago

Android was born in a fragmented market but managed to transition from a 5% market share in 2008 to 85.9% in 2017. How did they do it? It all comes from their cheap-to-design approach, which makes it easier and faster to design, test, and release a new application. The second factor of success is servitization, which offers the possibility to generate additional revenue streams through an application store.
MicroEJ uses the same virtualization standard as Android and the same app store principle, hence its “tiny sibling of Android” appellation. In short, it brings the smartphone industry capabilities to the embedded market, with the main difference being that its core processor is 1000 times lighter than Android’s to fit in $1 microcontrollers.

What If You Could Increase The number of Product Releases by 2 or 3 While Saving Resources, Time and Efforts?

The key to a faster innovation pace is removing the hardware and software interlock through a platforming approach. As a result, software teams do not have to wait for the hardware to start prototyping on simulated virtual devices, and can have shorter iteration cycles involving all stakeholders.
Our customer studies show that manufacturers using MicroEJ double their pace of innovation without increasing engineering resources. For example, one leading wearables manufacturer reports a development cycle of just 4-5 months with MicroEJ, compared to a whole year using traditional tools and methods. Another company in the factory automation market says they can now cope with hundreds of actuator references without increasing engineering resources.

Industrialize your Software Development Process to Increase the Pace of Innovation

Software is an asset, like IPs, trademarks, and patents. Do you capitalize on it?

In 2019, Aspencore assessed that the average embedded development team includes 61% of software developers. How could you capitalize on the software that your team spent so much time and effort designing?

Application containers such as MICROEJ VEE enable software application reuse across a wide array of devices and systems, turning them into value-added assets that can be shared and used by various teams on various projects. As a result, it becomes easier to capitalize on software innovations such as user interface, AI, and ML components, to accelerate future projects, reduce long-time financial investments, and provide consistent look-and-feel across product lines.

Remove Hardware and Software Dependencies to Gain Agility and Independence

MICROEJ VEE applications containers isolate software application levels from hardware. In this way, companies can parallelize hardware and software development to considerably accelerate product development. It also provides more flexibility when it comes to sourcing components, as software can be ported onto a new hardware within weeks without any modification (more info on Supply Chain Resilience).

Improve the Pace and Quality of Your Product Updates

Continuous Integration finds and addresses bugs more quickly, improves software quality, and reduces the time it takes to validate and release new software updates. In addition, it helps your team to be more productive by freeing developers from manual tasks and lowering risks by identifying defects and fixing them earlier in the development process. Finally, continuous integration reduces R&D costs as it significantly reduces the chances of human error in the development process. In short, Agility and CI unleash teams’ performance in a world where every second to market counts.

 

MicroEJ Key Features to Accelerate Innovation Pace

Virtual Device and Simulation

The Virtual Device is a simulated device that helps developers to anticipate their software development while hardware is not ready yet. This allows to build prototypes quickly and to make better decisions within short iteration cycles with all project stakeholders.

Apps Containerization

MICROEJ VEE offers an optional multi-app execution environment with strong isolation between apps using sandboxes. Containers encapsulate an application with all its dependencies (libraries, binaries, configuration files) and allow those apps to be portable and behave consistently across different environments. Building containerized apps brings many benefits: code reuse, trust in quality, and fast development.

Continuous Integration and Automated Testing

Continuous Integration is a development practice where developers integrate code into a shared repository frequently. Each integration can then be verified by an automated build and automated tests, which improves code quality and increase the overall pace of innovation.

 

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