In today’s world, there are but a few things which have not been transformed due to digitalization. After all, everyone has seen the benefits that come with it- the major ones being time and money. Changes in systems over the years has seen a company’s production line improve their quality and turnaround time amongst a host of other things and in that process, successfully retain a bunch of happy customers, vendors, and investors.
Top companies around the world are continuously looking for ways in which to upgrade their software systems to not just keep themselves ahead of the game but also in the game. Even a tiny problem or bug in the software could lead to the most catastrophic of consequences. This is the reason why millions of dollars are being spent around the world on not just software to further the processes of a business but also on software to protect the software which is in use.
A couple of decades back embedded software development was a much simpler process- much like the television sets of yesteryear and its features and attributes. At that point of time it was a question of manually transposing an intention by means of mnemonics in a machine code that was denoted by binary values and hexadecimal.
This would then be read with the help of a microprocessor. In that time a lot of things have changed with the introduction of third generation programming languages. Productivity levels gained immensely because of the fact that this change brought with it languages which were not only independent of platforms but also of a higher standard. This meant having the ability to deal which situations which could not be dealt with before and helped improve on the processing performance.
The balance of power has now shifted towards software, even though the fundamental links between hardware and software remains- unique to the embedded field only. Not a single electronic item can be completed without most/all aspects of software development. It is dependent on everything from something as complex as databases hosted on a cloud to something as basic as minor codes on a profoundly embedded processor. This makes it virtually impossible for all these proficiencies to be housed under one roof.
The future of the global embedded software market, at least in the short term, seems robust with a predicted CAGR over 9% till 2021 and its worth is expected to creep closer towards the $19 billion mark by the end of 2023 from around $10 billion in 2016. There are various tools which are now emerging to help quicken the embedded software development process. Like all other investments, it is essential to choose the correct parameters that are needed as per the requirements of the organization. While this may be a cumbersome and tedious task, setting up structures for every new product development process will help save a lot of time and money in the long run.
The importance of embedded software is proven by the fact that without it not only would the overall cost of development go up immensely while acting as a barrier to advancements and evolution, it would also not be possible for any end product to function. This, arguably, makes software development the single most significant part of product development.
As with most good things, software development comes at a cost and could prove to be a barrier to entry for a few of the aspiring up and coming players. The internet gives access to a growing number of development tools and one of the newer approaches incorporated by manufacturers towards development tools is Software-as-a-Service. This is just an adaptation of a centralized processing method which has been in use previously.
Despite all the innovations and upgradation in the past few years, embedded software development is still majorly reliant on platforms though this may not remain for long. Abstraction mean code levels are on the rise though its dependence on underlying hardware features remains. Now, there are many specialists who are in the position to provide the all-in-one experience- an unambiguous example of how far embedded software development has come.
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