BAA is engaged in system engineering or as we sometimes describe it - "information engineering". We help manufacturing companies bridge the growing gap that has arisen due to the lack of support of information systems used by the product development organization. Traditional IT departments fail to understand the increasing complexity of tools and processes used by engineering, manufacturing and related departments. Typical areas of support from BAA range from direct involvement in product technology to PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) support for the entire enterprise.
BAA plans our interactions with customers based on our perception of where data is driving them and their systems. The context we keep in mind is as described in Figure 1. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) centers our thinking about the overall information model and comprehends the entire product lifecycle from concept to retirement. Within the PLM umbrella concept are several well-known business processes that include Product Data Management (PDM) which manages the CAD files in the Concept and Design & Development elements of the lifecycle; Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems which manage the development and delivery components of the overall system and includes Supply Chain Management (SCM); and finally, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) which focuses on the Service & Support and customer satisfaction business processes.
BAA understands how these components interrelate, but specializes in managing the Engineering information. Requirements Management (RM)is a critical step in the product management lifecycle. Without proper requirements, the resulting product may not be successful. There are many sources for product requirements that include government agencies, the customer’s voice, market analysis, and internally generated product vision. In many cases, especially in the case of government regulation, there is significant interpretation and translation of the government requirement to that of the product. BAA understands the complexity of requirements gathering, translation to the internal engineering language, and documentation.
BAA has worked extensively with requirements and requirements management tools (IBM DOORS & Rational, Siemens Teamcenter, PTC Integrity) including experience with testing and management of test data. We treat test as a source of data and consumer of
As an Alliance Partner with National Instruments, BAA provides expertise in the capture of test information and connecting that information to requirements. BAA understands that requirements (RM) drive product performance characteristics and testing provides the proof that the product meets the requirements. Traceability connects the standards to the product requirements to the test scenarios, and the capture of the test results connect back to those requirements. BAA provides tools and services to make the connection to standards.