Engineering – smart engineering – is indispensable to the constantly evolving systems, products and applications we
build. The lifecycle of engineering systems and software is expanding with more and more stakeholders, more roles in
development, deployment, manufacturing and operations, extending further back into design and further forward into
operations. We need to bridge the gaps in the lifecycle with solutions in analytics, business with a social
objective, agility and scalability. We must also be aware of the growing tendency of the blurring border between
data and engineering that is due to behaviour data dependent systems. Simulation and software engineering provide
cost-effective, time-reducing options. The open source business model complements other business models that coexist
to sustain the tools and services market as a promising way to disseminate and exploit results, provided the
ecosystem is sufficiently structured and sustained. We need smart engineering solutions to remain globally
competitive by continuously improving performance, reducing costs and boosting quality, security and safety in a
value chain that is becoming ever more complex.
Some facts and figures
- Today, high-end cars can have more than 10 million
lines of code, and aircraft engine controls incorporate
several thousand input and output parameters. 
- The security of a software-intensive system is directly
related to the quality of its software. Over 90% of
software security incidents are caused by attackers
exploiting known software defects. Analysis of 45
e-business applications showed that 70% of security
defects were design defects. 
- The take-up of agile development methods over recent
years has seen an increase in success rates compared
with traditional waterfall projects, with 39% successful
projects (against 11% for waterfall) and fewer outright
failures (9% against 29%). 
- According to Gartner, open source relational database
management systems (OSDBMSs) have matured
significantly over the years. They predict that by 2018,
more than 70% of new in-house applications will be
developed on an OSDBMS and that 50% of existing
commercial relational database management system
instances will have been converted or will be in process.
Imagine being the master of software development and continuously improving the efficiency, knowing we can forecast
the user needs on the basis of his present pain points. Imagine a team of developers from different countries
working cooperatively 24/7 creating substantial software with continuous integration that allows automatic testing
every day and deployment in the hand of the end users and getting immediate feedback from these end users every
week. Being able to continuously adapt the specifications on the basis of actual user feedback. A secure, resilient
world of engineering that enables the engineer to concentrate on the engineering challenge without worrying about
the operational issues of using the various engineering tools and the interfaces between them.
Imagine what is possible when we dare to dream, when we reach for the stars in a galaxy full of opportunities
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