Twice a year we organize a gathering to present our services to companies and let them:
- Meet experts in the domain.
- Discover new relevant technologies.
- Get advice on their variability challenges.
- Share experiences with other companies.
April 24, 2012. This gathering featured a keynote by Jari Partanen (Elektrobit, Finland) entitled Combining an Organization-Wide Lean Way of Working with Product Variability: Thoughts from Elektrobit Cockpit:
Continuous Planning and Transparency are relevant topics for many companies. They enable improved ability to identify incremental and continuous product developments and allow an enterprise to be more lean and agile. At the same time Continuous Planning and Product Variability have to be developed tightly together, and are an increasingly important subject for improvement. In addition, there are many paths for improvement to choose.
It seems however that no single solution is available as it also requires the cultural commitment to continuous change and every organization has to find its way to make it. This talk will highlight how Elektrobit is dealing with all this.
November 17, 2011. This gathering featured a keynote by Frank van der Linden (Philips Healthcare, The Netherlands) entitled Compositional Diversity:
Component-based software development reduces the design complexity in the development of large and complex software systems. Furthermore, it increases reusability of software components such that software product lines engineering often relies on component-based techniques. During the design of software product lines, variability of components and their connections has to be considered in order to build all member products of the product line.
We have proposed, at SPLC 2011, a variability modelling technique that allows to represent component hierarchy and variability in one model. This presentation explains the basic ideas behind this modelling approach, and why it is important to have: the support of
- One variability model with views for several stakeholders
- distributed development of variable components
- abstraction from binding time of variability
- top-down and bottom-up development
May 24, 2011. This gathering featured a keynote by Luc De Meyer (Noviat) entitled Beyond Conventional Software Engineering: A New Business Strategy:
In the marketplace of ERP big players are dominating the scene by offering custom developed software or by offering the same standard product to many customers. These big players leave an import segment of the market unserved. The customers of that segment require more than a mere standard software product but do not have the necessary financial means to buy custom developed software. Using conventional software engineering serving that market segment can be difficult without reducing the quality, increase delivery times, etc. Our strategy consists of an alternative approach to serve customized software. We do this by customizing an open ERP standard with customer-specific functionality using a combination of advanced software configurations and customized code fragments.
December 9, 2010. First gathering at the Domaine de Latour de Freins (Innoviris' premises).