Low-Priced UML Design Tools

According to a report recently published by Venture Development Corporation (VDC), more developers are expecting to adopt model-driven development approaches, including UML, over the next two years to cope with this complexity and an increase in the lines of software code per device.

However, increased adoption of software modeling tools has not translated into equivalent increases in commercial market revenue to the degree that VDC had previously expected. VDC believes that a number of factors, including the availability of low-priced UML modeling tools, have significantly impacted the growth of the commercial market for software-modeling tools.

Developers Using Software Modeling Tools By Price
(Percent of Respondents)

Percentage of Developers Using Software Modeling Tools By Price

According to VDC, numerous lower-priced commercial alternatives have appeared in the embedded UML market. VDC believes that providers of these lower-priced tools are offering solutions that are adequate for the needs of developers that have fewer highend requirements.

VDC expects continued adoption of model-based development tools, as the benefit of modeling complex systems helps developers to organize and manage complex software and system development. These tools currently see the most use in the early phases of the design process. However, as adoption increases and leading suppliers continue to advance their solutions to drive modeling environments to the center of the development process, VDC expects additional users to more readily acquire additional tool extensions with increasingly sophisticated capabilities.

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