What are the main challenges currently facing embedded software development?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is presenting opportunities for innovation across industry sectors. By connecting devices continuously and in real-time, and by enabling new functionalities, embedded software has made itself the foundation of the IoT.
The growing importance of embedded software as a differentiator and IoT-enabler, combined with increasing product complexity and frequent release cycles, does however create many challenges for OEMs.
For businesses to capitalise on the rapidly growing and fast-changing IoT market, risks around cost, time to market, scalability, interoperability and security must all be mitigated. These are in addition to the old barriers to market entry – costs, complexity, and time-to-deployment. Getting the balance wrong risks failures, recalls and reputational harm.
IoT development has however moved on from an early focus on customisation. This impacts both upfront development, ongoing maintenance costs and the length of development projects.
It is project-critical at the outset to scope out these constraints, in the context of the defined project output.
Quality has to be built in at the beginning of the software development process and maintained when it comes to ensuring the in-field lifecycle of embedded devices.
Efficient use of testing, running concurrent to the development phase, can bring time and cost-saving efficiencies across the project lifecycle as a whole, mitigating end-product issues safely.
Testing strategies such as automated software testing and running on simulation enable targeting and resolution of quality and performance issues early enough to be reworked and retested without disproportionate drain on project timescales.
We take an agile yet robust approach to implementing testing methodologies, in terms of both systems and unit level tests, that run in parallel to the development phase, positively influencing project lead times.