Embedded World recap – the scope of things

on Mar 17, 15 • by Roy Sarkar • with No Comments

This year's Embedded World 2015 presented significant trends for software development and a few surprising observations. Find out what happened and what we learned...

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Many people were looking forward to Embedded World 2015, us included, and it’s no wonder – it’s the largest conference of its kind catering to embedded software developers around the world. Now that this highly anticipated event is over, let’s share some thoughts as both experienced exhibitors and wide-eyed guests.

The Internet of Trends

The theme of this year’s conference was the Internet of Things with a focus on security and safety. This lined up perfectly with our ongoing commitment to educate embedded developers, especially in automotive, with techniques and tools they can use to better secure their software. Our CTO, Rod Cope, presented two sessions on this topic, “5 ways to protect your software supply chain from hacks, quacks, and wrecks” and “Top 5 best practices for delivering secure in-vehicle software.” If you missed either of these sessions, this webinar provides a great summary of both presentations: Three ways to ensure your automotive developers deliver, secure, compliant, defect-free software.

Our Booth Brigade is always curious and asked a lot of questions of visitors and people they met while walking around the conference. When asked what the top trends were, they said:

Trend #1: Everyone has read or experienced the news about automotive hacking and safety issues, so software security for the connected car is a growing concern.

Trend #2: Open source software is the hidden stepchild of embedded development – everyone relies on it but there was little presence of it at the conference. More on this below.

A numbers game

By all accounts, including our own, this year’s conference was a great success. This was the 13th year for the show, with over 900 exhibitors from 37 countries in attendance. We had three speaking sessions, nine in-booth presentations, 50 product demonstrations, and well over 200 people visit us in total. We also had two interviews about the state of embedded development, which you can watch here:

Connected car complexity and security with Embedded Computing Design
How Rogue Wave technology reduces security, safety, and quality risks with Embedded-News.tv

Opening up

While visitors had strong interest in our Klocwork static code analysis tool and the TryIt! bug hunting game (play it now), the most surprising observation was the amount of questions we received about our open source scanning, governance, and support platform, OpenLogic. As one of our Booth Brigade said:

“A lot of the buzz was surrounding open source code, most people didn’t expect to see an
open source solution at an embedded show which is why there was interest
in seeing how OpenLogic could help their companies.”

It’s one of those dichotomies about embedded computing: open source isn’t ready for production, yet production is ready for open source. We all use it and developers are starting to learn how to apply the same risk reduction and management activities to open source as they do to their own code. To learn why this is happening, read this white paper: Reduce your open source security risk: strategies, tactics, and tools.

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