#1 Fewer bugs
Software design and coding is work in which both the client and the designer play a vital role. Clients have a certain set of requirements, which the software architect then attempts to translate into software architecture, while the engineer writes the code. But it is during this process of translating the design to the code level that there is the potential for errors (known as ‘bugs’) in the software to come about. In Model Driven Engineering – sometimes called Model Driven Development – all the parties work together within a single model, keeping errors to a minimum. For more complex types of software, this methodology improves transparency, results in a more structured way of working, and makes it easier to oversee the process. Any bugs can be removed right at the start of the end-to-end process instead of on completion, preventing unnecessary time loss and out-of-control expenses.
#2 Error-free code through automation
In Model Driven Engineering, the stage of the process in which the design (i.e. the shared model) is translated into code is largely automated. Depending on the technology used, changes in the model can be converted into error-free code with one touch of the button. This streamlines the time-consuming process of manually copying changes in the design to code – which may lead to all sorts of bugs. This makes the design and development pro-cess significantly more efficient and cost-effective.
#3 No more separate Excel spreadsheets or Word files
Model Driven Engineering eliminates the need for separate Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, diagrams, and PDFs containing all manner of disjointed information about the software. Users can make changes to the model directly at any time, which can then be automatically converted into code, significantly reducing the time required to roll out changes. It also makes it possible to replace outdated (legacy) software more easily and effi-ciently.
#4 Model Driven Engineering creates improved prototypes
Model Driven Engineering makes prototyping more accessible and economical, since the method makes it possible to create virtual prototypes. Businesses can use the model to make calculations in the software before it is embedded into a machine. Using the virtual prototype to test the software results in a more solid and better-performing physical prototype. This is a perfect solution, in particular, for companies using complex equipment and devices with highly expensive prototypes, such as businesses operating in the high tech, medical, and defense industries. We would be pleased to show you how to implement this methodology into all your prototyping processes.
#5 Easier customization
Model Driven Engineering also adds value to customizable processes: this methodology allows users to quickly and easily adapt software to changing needs and situations. This is hugely advantageous for companies that use workflows, such as hospitals. By using Model Driven Engineering, hospitals can adjust the model themselves, thereby customizing the workflow for each separate treatment. This means they can avoid the hassle of needing to have these customizations programmed each time. In addition to saving time, this also pre-vents what is known as ‘vendor lock-in,’ where changes can only be implemented by exter-nal programmers at a hefty fee.