Model-based product-line-engineering package

March 20, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Atego Vantage combines model-based systems and software engineering, asset-based modular design and product line variation to provide model-based product line engineering, with a claimed 62% reduction in development costs and 23% more projects delivered on time.

Atego, software tools and professional services vendor for complex, mission- and safety-critical systems and software engineering, has launched Atego Vantage, the first integrated solution combining Model-based Systems and Software Engineering (MBSE), Asset-based Modular Design (SoS/CBD/SOA) and variable Product Line Engineering (PLE). The combination of these three proven approaches into Model–based Product Line Engineering (MB-PLE) can reduce development costs by 62% and bring 23% more projects in on time.

Atego Vantage 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 company says the new package simplifies product line design, increases intra-family reuse, and improves both product quality and engineering productivity; and that it is the solution for iterative and common product development, applying ground-breaking techniques for variant modelling and asset reuse.

The core of Atego Vantage and the Atego Perspective process is MBSE, extended with Product Line Modelling and Asset Reuse. Product Line Modelling 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 Modelling 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 Vantage changes the way you think about system and software design, providing Model-based