Engineering Lifecycle Management
Implement compliant, traceable solutions that manage a wide range of requirements to achieve faster deployment.

What is IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management?

Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) is the leading portfolio for Systems and Software Engineering. ELM contains products to develop  and manage automotive designs including:

  • Requirements: DOORS Next, DOORS
  • Design / Architecture: Rhapsody
  • Tests: Test Management (ETM)
  • Code & Document Management: EWM SCM
  • And ELM contains products to manage the workflow of the entire project that will create a new design.
  • Workflow Management (EWM)

ELM also provides reporting tools to track status of design and projects.

  • Reporting Tools (JRS, PUB, ENI)

ELM is differentiated by its’ ability to store and manage all design and project information from one tool suite. IBM ELM is superior when it comes to configuration management (including reuse) of design information.

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Why Now, ELM for Automotive Industry?

The automotive industry is transforming.   The drivers for Automotive R&D are:

  • Electrification
  • Autonomous Driving
  • Connectivity (enable new digital models)
  • Over the Air Updates

The total number of active cars in the EU and US is expected to fall until 2030. Manufacturers and suppliers are going to fight sinking margins while needing to invest in innovation and restructure their organizations to handle shorter release cycles without loosing quality.

ELM is a holistic state-of-the-art tool suit that allows for strategic reuse and provides extensive reporting on design and project status which is the backbone required for such a transformation.

Automotive OEMs and suppliers need to start building their designs in ELM now to be able to reuse it 2030. Building on a reusable data model is key. Adding such reuse concept in retrospect is incredibly difficult.

Featured Capabilities:

IBM Engineering Requirements Management
Leverage AI from Watson to optimize requirements management, reduce rework and avoid delays. Reduce costs and time to market while improving quality and client satisfaction.

Agile software development
Develop with better reliability and collaboration to speed up time to delivery and create products fine-tuned to customer demands.

Test management
Make sure your next launch is successful through alignment of overall test planning with customer requirements.

Model-based systems engineering
The complexity of product development is growing exponentially as innovations become more intelligent and connected.

Functional safety and compliance
Simplify your adherence to functional safety and regulatory requirements while increasing efficiency.

Common Pain Points

Cost to develop new products is highly expensive, due to high number of resources required.
Cause: Lack of reuse

Mandatory compliance activities cause unexpected effort towards end of projects. .
Cause: Treating compliance as an isolated topic

Failure to meet timelines. .
Cause: lack of project management transparency = lack of visibility and ability to react

Increasing complexity creates system consistency challenges. .
Cause: Lack of transparency into design inconsistencies

Quality Issues, (worst case: recalls) damage reputation and may lead to cost explosion .
Cause: Lack in test processes, Lacking integration of PM and development artifacts

Lack of collaboration across large, distributed teams..
causes double effort Cause: Development silos because of historically grown process & tool landscape

Automotive Engineering Challenges

Key Features of ELM for Automotive

Global Configuration Management
  • Baseline a combinations of requirements, design, code and tests for reuse
  • Strategically reuse changes to design information across variants
Flexible Project Management
  • Different projects can work according to different methodology for different domains (e. g. software, hardware, mechanical)
Customizable & Extendable Platform
  • Customizable to meet any process
  • Data model and linking based on the OSLC standard for flexible extension
Predefined Automotive Tailoring
  • Pre-tailoring of ELM tools defined in collaboration with leading ASPICE Assessors Kugler Maag CIE

Who Benefits & How?

Automotive OEMs
  • Use ASPICE to measure the quality of their internal development process (OEM quality handbooks are often an extension or derivation from ASPICE)
  • Need to be able to adhere to ASPICE standards themselves in joint venture
Automotive T1 Suppliers
  • Commit to ASPICE levels (or comparable process maturity assessment) to get contracts with OEMs
  • Streamline their tool landscape to manage information exchange with Automotive OEMs more efficiently
Electronic and Software Companies
  • Are also automotive suppliers in most cases
  • Software companies need to adhere to the bottom V of the ASPICE Standard
  • Can tailor the out of the box solution to their needs


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