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Survey: Skills key to hitting deadlines

Posted: 26 Mar 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded developers? embedded market? engineering skills?

Increasing the skills level of engineering teams will help embedded developers improve how many of their projects hit their deadlines.

This is just one of a number of results highlighted by the latest UBM Electronics Embedded Market Survey which saw 1,704 respondents provide details on their tools and work environment, applications, methods and processes, operating systems and chips currently used by or being considered.

The 2012 survey shows that 42 percent of all projects finished on or ahead of schedule but this meant that 58 percent of all projects finished late or were canceled, which is almost no change from 2011 and 2010. In a new question this year respondents were�asked to think about the next year and what areas will be their greatest technology challenges? Not surprisingly given the lateness of projects 21 percent said hitting schedules would be top of their list while only 19 percent felt integrating new technology or tools was most important and 16 percent cited managing code size and complexity. Bottom of the challenge list was connecting to the cloud with only 3 percent feeling is was major challenge.

So what would developer do to improve one thing about their embedded design activities. A major change this year saw the increase in engineering team skill level jumped from 9 to 16 percent while the leading improvement wanteddebugging toolsdropped 7 percent to 22 percent.

One of the new questions added to this years survey was what are the most important factors in choosing an operating system. Availability of full source code was top reply with 41 percent while real time performance and no royalties came in at 31 percent while bottom of the pile was the supplier's reputation which only gained 3 percent support.

As to which operating systems are being used, in a dramatic jump in-house/custom went from 8 percent to 22 percent while both Android and Ubuntu where newcomers and charted in send and third place with 13 percent and 12 percent respectively.

But the dramatic effect Android is having was highlighted in what engineers are considering using in the next 12 months. Android outstripped the rest with a 34 percent market share while inhouse/custom more than doubled from 7 percent to 17 percent. 60 percent of respondents said they were not concerned at all with the recent acquisitions of operating-system vendors by microprocessor vendors.

As to which processors being used there is a slow but steady rise by 32bit while 8- and 16bit are maintaining their market share. There was a marked change in what engineers felt was most important when choosing a microprocessor. The chip itself dropped 13 percent to 30 percent while the ecosystem surrounding the chip jumped a dramatic 15 percent to 61 percent.





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