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While Model-Driven Development™ (MDD) technology provides a powerful enabler for the rapid development of individual products within a product line, as well as greater conceptual clarity for the maintenance and evolution of those products over time, companies face complex challenges in managing product diversity across a product line. Product line engineering (PLE) methods and tools are specifically designed to provide these essential capabilities. The Rhapsody/Gears Bridge provides a simple, elegant approach to effectively manage product line diversity in MDD and to cleanly integrate MDD into PLE lifecycles.

Integrated MDD and PLE Capabilities

With the Bridge solution, you can utilize: 1) Rhapsody MDD models as first-class reusable assets in the Gears PLE portfolio development framework, and 2) Gears PLE constructs as first-class software engineering mechanisms for managing product line diversity in Rhapsody MDD models. More specifically, the Rhapsody/Gears Bridge allows you to:

  • Use PLE mechanisms to manage the diversity for a full product line portfolio in a single, consolidated MDD model.
  • Automatically configure different Rhapsody model behaviors for different products, simply by making product feature choices in a Gears feature profile.
  • Convert Rhapsody model elements into Gears variation points to encapsulate the PLE diversity. Perform integrated PLE operations directly from Rhapsody menus.

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  • + Functional details

    Features at a Glance

    • Use Rhapsody projects and packages as modules in the Gears production line
    • Convert Rhapsody model elements to variation points
    • Edit logic for Rhapsody model element variation points
    • Edit code variants for model element variation points
    • Run Gears actuator from within Rhapsody
    • Execute Gears Membership to perform impact analysis of changes

  • + Business problem

    The complexity of developing a software product line – a portfolio of similar products with variations in features and functions – poses exponentially complex development challenges, due to intertwined feature variations dispersed across multiple products on different production schedules.

    These challenges are large enough to inhibit a company's ability to hit strategic market windows and expand the scale and scope of a product line portfolio.

  • + Return on investment

    BigLever’s Gears solutions offer proven ROI, large enough to impact the fundamentals of how companies compete:

    Variation management and automated production lead to optimized software reuse, increased productivity and reduced cost.

    • LSI Logic increased productivity by 325%
    • Salion lowered development costs by 75%

    SPLE asset focused engineering leads to maximum software reuse, deep asset expertise and optimized product quality.

    Salion reduced defect rates by 78%

    Feature-based product line evolution leads to optimized time-to-market and portfolio scalability. Salion reduced time-to-market by 65%, LSI Logic scaled portfolio 550% in 2 years

  • + Competitive advantage

    Conventional approaches lead to complexity and inefficiency:



    • For each new product, copy a similar model and modify
    • Leads to expensive duplication, divergence and merging




    • For each new product, extend one model with meta-logic for new diversity
    • Leads to complex model with diversity logic intermingled with application logic


    The Rhapsody/Gears Bridge offers significant competitive advantage through the synergistic simplifications offered by MDD and PLE:

    Configurable model behavior


    • Enables configurable diversity in model behaviors
    • No need for one-size-fits-all


    One consolidated and reusable MDD model


    • Enables automated PLE configuration from a consolidated MDD product line model
    • No need for clone-and-own


  • + Industries

    Aerospace & Defense Industry
    Automotive Industry
    Computer Services Industry
    Electronics Industry
    Industrial Products Industry

  • + Customer size

    Very Small Business (Less than 50 employees)
    Small Business (50 to 99 employees)
    Midmarket Business (100 to 499 employees)
    Midmarket Business (500 to 1000 employees)
    Large Business (greater than 1000 employees)

  • + Languages supported


  • + Countries/regions available for distribution

    South Africa

    Brazil , Canada , Mexico , United States

    Australia , India , Japan , Korea, Republic of , New Zealand

    Austria , Belgium , Denmark , Finland , France , Germany , Greece , Ireland , Italy , Netherlands , Norway , Spain , Sweden , Switzerland , Turkey , United Kingdom


  • + Solution collateral

    Name Date Categories
    Nov 10, 2014 Education
    Sales Kits
    Value Proposition
    Nov 10, 2014 Fact Sheet
    Nov 10, 2014 Education
    Solution Sizing
    Value Proposition

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  • + Hardware/OS platforms

       Hewlett-Packard servers (incl. Compaq)
    Other Linux family
       Desktops and Notebooks (all brands, including ThinkPad/ThinkCentre PCs by Lenovo)
    Solaris (SUN)
       Sun Microsystems servers
    UNIX family
       Other non-IBM servers
    Windows 2000
       Desktops and Notebooks (all brands, including ThinkPad/ThinkCentre PCs by Lenovo)
    Windows XP family
       Desktops and Notebooks (all brands, including ThinkPad/ThinkCentre PCs by Lenovo)
    Windows 7 family
       Desktops and Notebooks (all brands, including ThinkPad/ThinkCentre PCs by Lenovo)
    Windows 8 family
       Desktops and Notebooks (all brands, including ThinkPad/ThinkCentre PCs by Lenovo)

  • + Services

    Business Solutions: Application Innovation
    Business Solutions: Strategy & Change
    Industry Leadership Solutions
    Services: Application Implementation
    Services: Custom Application Development

  • + Software

    IBM Rational
          Rational ClearCase

Date last modified:    Nov 13, 2014


Contact information

Charles Krueger


BigLever Software, Inc.
10500 Laurel Hill Cove
Austin, TX 78730
United States

+1 512 7779552

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