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Model-based PLE reduces development costs by 62%

25th March 2014
Nat Bowers

Atego has claimed that the recently launched Atego Vantage is the world’s first integrated solution combining Model-based Systems and Software Engineering (MBSE), Asset-based Modular Design (SoS/CBD/SOA) and variable Product Line Engineering (PLE). This combination into Model-based Product Line Engineering (MB-PLE) can reduce development costs by 62% and bring 23% more projects in on time.

The Atego Vantage solution includes the Atego Perspective best practice implementation methodology. Atego Perspective combines decades of MB-PLE industry knowledge with four modular tools: Atego Modeler, Atego Asset Library, Atego Process Director and Atego Check. The Atego Perspective process is embedded within Atego Process Director and implemented in conjunction with the other Atego Vantage modules, with the end-to-end process supported by Atego’s MBSE and MB-PLE experts.

The core of Atego Vantage and the Atego Perspective process is MBSE, extended with Product Line Modeling and Asset Reuse. Product Line Modeling provides a common product family design with variation for only the specific pieces that differ. The ‘common’ areas are designed and built using MBSE, ‘Variation’ is handled through Product Line Modeling and feature selection, while the ‘Pieces’ are sources from libraries of sub-system, service and component assets. This approach is now available to deliver a real-world implementation of the ISO 26550-2013 ‘Software and systems engineering - Reference model for product line engineering and management’ and ISO 15288 ‘Systems and Software Engineering - System Lifecycle Processes’ standards.

“We believe Atego Vantage provides a fundamental shift in approach for system and software modeling; engineering whole product lines, rather than individual systems. Atego customers, including Alstom Transport, are already reaping the rewards from our innovative, cutting-edge solution. Atego Vantage changes the way you think about system and software design, providing Model-based Product Line Engineering as the primary driver for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) & Product Lifecycle Management (PLM),” said Richard Horsman, CEO at Atego.

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