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Driving IoT product development with requirements management

IoT Marketing Lead, IBM

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Have you noticed how products are becoming ever more instrumented, interconnected and intelligent? Just consider the following scenario:

As you exit your driveway, your car sends signals your home to arm its intruder detection system and your smartphone synchronizes with your car’s voice command system. Having analyzed your recent driving patterns, your vehicle’s global positioning system recommends a route designed to cut your fuel costs and help you avoid traffic delays. Moreover, after noticing that your antilock brakes need servicing, your car informs you of the problem, then accesses your smartphone to check your schedule and presents you with a list of appointment times that fit your needs.

With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), the technologies needed to bring such a scenario about already exist. Yet the Internet of Things is changing not only how people are living, but also how people do their jobs—because although IoT products can significantly enhance our lives, their development can also bring challenges. Such products are complex and are riddled with interdependencies that can give rise to costly incompatibility failures or even delay product launches.

So how can you effectively develop and deliver IoT products? How can you make sure that your product meets its original requirements? Requirements management is the answer: You must ensure that design requirements drive the entire product development process.

Requirements management is an integral part of delivering the connected products that lie at the heart of the Internet of Things. Requirements management helps teams deliver their intended products and achieve their desired outcomes by managing the effects of change. Adopting best practices for requirements management can help cut development costs by up to 57 percent, shorten time to market by up to 20 percent and cut the cost of quality by up to 69 percent—avoiding rework and making project outcomes predictable.

Join us at the IBM Continuous Engineering for the Internet of Things (ICE IoT) conference on 3–4 November, 2015, in Chantilly, Virginia, for in-depth insights into a wide range of hot topics in requirements management. In doing so, you can gain the edge you need to enhance your engineering for the Internet of Things.

At the ICE IoT conference, you’ll learn about cutting-edge IBM tools and practices for IoT requirements management through a range of demos, hands-on workshops and labs. Moreover, you’ll be able to network with industry peers, engineering associations, industry and technology leaders, IBM executives and requirements management experts, and IBM business partners. At no additional cost, you can also attend a requirements management workshop to earn credit for three professional development hours for licensed engineers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to boost your skills and gain insight into requirements management for the Internet of Things.