Low-Cost Software Modeling Tools Drive Standards-based Solutions

Recently published research by Venture Development Corporation (VDC) indicates that the availability of low-cost and free modeling tools is contributing to the growing use of standards-based modeling tools. Just as software programming evolved from the use of machine code level to more formal languages, software modeling tools allow developers to further abstract design and more easily address issues central to program’s architecture while insulated from the numerous details necessary to implement the system.

With the percentage of surveyed developers using tools typically priced below $1,000 having increased from 2006 to 2007, the growing functionality and penetration of free and low-cost modeling solutions have caused some market participants to reevaluate their strategies. According to Chris Rommel, Research Associate with VDC’s Embedded Software Practice, “The release of Aonix’s OpenAmeos into the open source community and Telelogic’s ‘Modeler,’ a free UML 2.1-based modeling tool announced in January 2007, respond to these challenges with the hope that adopting developers would eventually seek additional functionality and/or purchase other solutions from their larger tool sets.”

According to Rommel, “While this rise in functionality and affordability certainly permits a greater number of developers to experiment with UML, the level of additional functionality required by new adopters will ultimately fuel any subsequent upgrades to more sophisticated and higher-priced tools.” Furthermore, the proposed acquisition of Telelogic by IBM may cause some developers to reevaluate their current modeling solution that could further accelerate the adoption of low-cost tools.

Within the Volume V: Embedded Software and System Modeling Tools report, VDC explores these and other critical issues and offers several strategies for commercial software modeling tools suppliers to effectively compete in the embedded market.

About VDC
Venture Development Corporation (VDC) is an independent technology market research and strategy consulting firm that specializes in a number of datacom/telecom, component, industrial, retail automation, RFID, AIDC, embedded, and defense markets. VDC has been operating since 1971, when graduates of the Harvard Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded the firm. Today, we employ a talented collection of analysts and consultants who offer a rare combination of expertise in the market research process; experience in technology product and program management; and formal training in engineering and marketing. VDC’s clients include thousands of the largest and fastest-growing technology suppliers in the world and the most successful investors participating in the markets we cover.