BigLever Software Gears

With BigLever's Gears Product Line Engineering Tool and Lifecycle Framework™, your business and engineering organizations can shift perspective to focus on a single production line capable of automatically producing all the products in your product line portfolio from a consolidated set of soft assets – rather than focusing on the manual creation of a multitude of products.

Gears Production Line

The Gears solution enables you to create an automated production line comprised of three elements (click image to enlarge):Gears software production line

Configurable Assets are configurable systems and software artifacts – such as source code, requirements, models and test cases – engineered to be shared across the product line portfolio.

Feature Profiles model each product in your portfolio in terms of optional and varying feature choices specified for the product line.

Product Configurator automatically assembles and configures systems and software assets – including requirements, design, development and testing – guided by product feature profiles, to produce the products in your portfolio.

The solution also provides a unique "console" – the Gears Development Environment – for managing the portfolio-specific facets of systems and software development including a powerful collection of browsers, views, languages, constraints, editors, dashboards, wizards and analytical tools.

Benefits of product line engineering with BigLever Software Gears

Similar to what is seen when adopting an efficient manufacturing system for hard goods, the resulting benefits from a single, automated Gears production line are not measured in percentage points, but more often measured in multiples or order-of-magnitude strategic improvements such as:

  • An increase in the scope of product diversity and the scale of different products that can be effectively delivered in a product line.
  • A reduction in per-product development cost and overhead – and higher profit margins.
  • A reduction in time to market for new and updated products, and an increased agility to react to new opportunities and changing marketplace conditions.
  • An increase in product quality, a reduction in defect density and improved risk management.

For more information, see Product Line Engineering Solutions for Systems and Software.