Nicolás González-Deleito

Two years ago our team received a question from IOS International, an SME in Diepenbeek that develops and sells software products for asset and risk management. One of their products is a tool for defining emergency plans. These are documents that describe procedures to address emergencies and crises; such plans aim at restoring a normal situation as soon as possible and with a minimal number of casualties. IOS asked us how they could transform these rather static documents into more dynamic and actionable instruments.

Nicolás González-Deleito

How did Adlogix gain more insights into the real customer value of their products and services thanks to VariVal? How did Belighted benefit from the Live Contexts approach to customize a SaaS product for different customer needs by activating features at run time?

Nicolás González-Deleito

Many software product builders operate in a context where they not only need to be able to efficiently respond to new business opportunities, but also need to be able to efficiently offer a large number of product variants to their customers. However, these two driving forces push companies in opposite directions.

Peter Verhasselt

While strongly expanding its product portfolio, software producer Techwin needed a more formal and transparent approach for its product management. To do so, it decided to use consultancy product VariVal. This approach provided the company with a better overview of the areas that have the greatest margins for differentiation and fulfillment of client needs, which led to a technology and product roadmap and a greater transparency of development goals.

Nicolás González-Deleito

The fourth industrial gathering in the context of the VariBru project took place last April 24 in the Diamant building. This time the event featured a keynote by Jari Partanen, Head of Quality and Environment at Elektrobit Wireless Business Segment, in Finland.

Wim Codenie

This post is about project-based software companies. They deliver tailor-made software solutions to their clients on a project basis. There are a lot of them in Belgium… and when I say a lot, I really mean a lot!

Nicolás González-Deleito

Jari Partanen, Head of Quality and Environment at Elektrobit Wireless Business Segment (Finland), will be in Brussels on April 24 in order to give a keynote about how Elektrobit is dealing with variability at the product and process levels:

Combining an Organization-Wide Lean Way of Working with Product Variability: Thoughts from Elektrobit Cockpit

Nicolás González-Deleito

On November 17 Sirris organized a third industrial gathering in the context of the VariBru project. This biannual gathering brought together 13 Belgian companies to discuss about challenges related to building and dealing with a software product that needs to fulfill the very specific, and often conflicting, needs coming from its broad and diverse range of customers.

Nicolás González-Deleito

A delegation from the Sirris Software and ICT group attended the 23rd Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence (BNAIC 2011), organized by CODeS in Gent on November 2–3, 2011. The conference featured a broad range of both pure and applied research contributions covering topics like machine learning, intelligent agents, operations research, semantic web and data mining.

Peter Verhasselt

Does this company’s challenge sound familiar? An SME successfully develops and implements production management systems on the local market. Gradually, it integrates more and more features and specific possibilities for various client sectors. By doing so, the software product can be implemented for more and more segments after a limited customization. This product strategy works well until the tension rises significantly between the commercial team and the development team.