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Software & System Lifecycle Management Tools

This annual research program provides software and system lifecycle management (SSLM) tool vendors and their OEM and IT customers with deep-dive analysis and commentary on the most important topics and issues affecting the software and system development ecosystem. Our global coverage is based upon ongoing, structured interactions with all major ecosystem participants including vendors of SSLM tools, service organizations, and hundreds of developers, engineers and product managers annually. Coverage includes highly segmented analyses based upon geography, industry, and technology, and is designed to help clients identify and pursue the most promising growth opportunities within the highly fragmented embedded and enterprise marketplaces.

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 What are some of the key questions answered by this research program? 

  • Can traditionally embedded software testing tool vendors adequately service the IT domain?

  • How can SCCM tool vendors evolve their solutions to stay ahead of the open source competition?

  • In what ways are process standards increasing the utility of model-based solutions?

  • Can a sustainable market for Hardware-in-the-Loop simulation tools develop outside of the automotive and aerospace industries?

  • How is the adoption of iterative design methodologies impacting the use of static analysis tools?

  • Is the accelerating growth in software content diminishing PLM vendors’ ability to lead the cross-domain integration?

Vendors likely to be covered in this research program












Esterel Technologies/ANSYS

IBM Rational

National Instruments

Serena Software




No Magic

Overview of covered technologies

  • Software and system modeling tools

  • Hardware-in-the-Loop simulation tools

  • Automated test and verification tools

  • Requirements management and source/change/configuration management tools

  • Cross-engineering domain integration

Some recent insights from our ongoing coverage of the SSLM tools market include the following:

  • The rapidly evolving requirements for next-generation connected device development are forcing OEMs to evaluate new lifecycle management solutions.

  • Nearly 50% of embedded engineers surveyed in 2012 used Agile and iterative methodologies, up from 37% in 2011.

  • New requirements for safety and industry-specific development standards are driving a greater need for product-attached professional services.

  • The continued maturation of open-source alternatives poses a threat to suppliers of commercial SSLM tools.

  • More than 50% of OEMs are investigating cross-engineering domain integration.

Major annual deliverables 

  • Monthly VDC View reports containing analyst insights into important trends

  • Thirteen market analysis reports covering all major software and system lifecycle management tool markets and vendors

  • Extensive Excel datasets with sizing, segmentation, and forecasting of the software and system lifecycle management tool market, as well as extensive data on engineering requirements and preferences

  • Analyst inquiry privileges to support your critical decisions and questions

Who should read this research?

This annual research program has been carefully designed for senior decision-makers who are developing SSLM products as well as enterprise/IT and embedded technology in the following roles:

CEO or other C-level executives
Corporate development and M&A teams
Marketing executives
Business development and sales leaders
Product development and product strategy leaders
Channel management and channel strategy leaders

What are the benefits of subscribing to this research?

This program provides clients with the ongoing data and insights they need to confidently make critical decisions about product, market, channel, and corporate development strategies. Use this research to:

  • Build highly credible business cases for pursuing new markets

  • Identify underserved and high growth market opportunities

  • Better understand your company’s competitive position and formulate winning strategies

  • Stay ahead of changes in customer requirements and demand

  • Gain access to the ideas and insights of analysts who have the most in-depth view of your markets

To learn more, contact us at info@vdcresearch.com.