Efficient Engineering Solutions

In the context of our service "Efficient Engineering Solutions", we offer a portfolio of innovative and proven processes, methods, and tools.

System Engineering Solutions

Without software, innovations such as autonomous driving, Industrie 4.0, Internet of Things, or the use of Big Data would be inconceivable. However, implementing these efficiently requires your organization to deal with typical challenges, such as systems becoming increasingly complex and heterogeneous; requirements on security and safety becoming stronger; the innovation cycles expected by your customers becoming ever shorter. This is where you can benefit from our software and systems engineering competencies, which we have built up over the course of many years.

We as Fraunhofer IESE know all about the challenges encountered in the development of modern systems and can provide optimal support with our service package “Efficient Engineering Solutions”. To do so, we adapt systems engineering processes to your organization and help you implement these successfully in projects. 

We provide solutions for your challenges: 

Your challenge How we support you
Complexity: More and more system functionalities are being mapped in software. The functional as well as the non-functional requirements are becoming ever more complex. In order to efficiently deal with complexity, we are offering model-based approaches to systems engineering, from the requirements via the architecture to quality assurance.
Diversity: In modern systems we often speak of systems of systems: These integrate many different systems and must be flexibly extensible – in part at runtime. We focus particularly on the interoperability of architectures and on management of system variants.
Uncertainty: Modern systems must be able to react flexibly and intelligently to their environment and to easily adapt to it. We enable you to give a wide variety of quality guarantees even at runtime.
Safety/Security: In highly integrated systems, there are requirements on both Security and Safety. An access problem may result in danger to life and limb.

We offer you an overall concept so that both system qualities (Security and Safety) can be assured during operation.
Usability: Despite increasing complexity, the system must remain usable. We pay attention to a positive User Experience across all involved systems already at design time.
Intelligence and Autonomy: Autonomous and semi-autonomous systems are playing an increasingly important role. We support you in using data smartly (Smart and Big Data):
identification and collection of suitable data, model building, smart application and further development of the models (e.g., self-learning systems).
Innovation Cycles: New products must be brought to the market ever faster. This includes the use of concepts such as DevOps, where development and operation are fused. With our development processes and innovative methods you can react flexibly to customer requirements and trends and get fast results.
Collaborative Development: Implementation of new concepts and ideas often requires integration of a wide variety of systems and interaction among several stakeholders. With clearly defined interfaces among all involved development partners and suitable tools, we enable efficient collaboration.

Innovative Products Need Innovative Engineering

Your objective is to efficiently build an innovative product? Then you also need innovations in the area of systems engineering that support you in this endeavor. As a research institute, we specialize in state-of-the-art software and systems engineering methods and support you individually and holistically on your journey from requirements elicitation via development and simulation all the way to the finished product.

Systems Engineering

We support you in the efficient construction of complex systems across all task areas. We know how to efficiently develop such systems, and the use of our innovative techniques, methods, and tools can help you to shorten development cycles, avoid wrong development paths, and comply with required quality properties.

Requirements: Only if you know what the actual needs and wishes of your stakeholders (customers, users, etc.) are can you develop products that will be successful on the market. We support you with offers ranging from creativity techniques for requirements elicitation to the systematic management of complex requirements in all areas of Requirements Engineerings.

Architecture: The architecture is the key for developing innovative and high-value software systems with predictable and adequate quality within time and budget constraints. Our comprehensive methods support you in defining and documenting your architecture. With the help of scalable models, even large and complex systems can be mastered. In order to validate the design early on, we integrate simulations, if necessary, or rely on prototypes for testing a concept.

Variation Management: The development of comprehensive software systems is nowadays strongly driven by individual customer requirements. Providing and maintaining customer-specific solutions results in increasingly complex products and a rapidly growing number of variants and versions. Our variation management approach, which we have been using successfully for many years, supports you in mastering this complexity and ensures that long-term evolution and adaptation of existing systems is possible.

Agile Transformation

The ability to quickly bring innovations to the customer is an important factor when it comes to survival in a highly competitive market. In this context, agile development paradigms and DevOps approaches, in particular, have gained great popularity. They are aimed at rolling out new features as fast as possible while ensuring that they are suitable for the customer requirements. However, applying these methods and mastering the practices underlying them requires various adjustments, particularly in domains with extensive regulatory requirements (e.g., functional safety or laws on medical devices).

We support companies in using the potential of agile processes and DevOps and in  transforming existing processes incrementally. Factors that play a large role in this regard include scalability and firmly entrenching the process in the organization, as well as collaboration with classical processes and with external development partners. As our partner, you will benefit from our comprehensive knowledge of agile methods and practices and how they work and can be used in systems engineering projects.

Engineering Quality

The more complex and heterogeneous systems become, the more important it gets to take required system qualities into account already during engineering and to assure them at runtime. To do so, we offer you a rich portfolio of methods:

Safety: Systems are increasingly interconnected, open, and adaptive. Established safety engineering methods are therefore only usable to a certain extent. Our approaches offer safety-related guarantees that are dependent on the respective requirements on the environment. Properties can be checked at runtime.

Security: IT and data security is an important requirement for your organization. In security engineering, we support you in the verification and validation of the system design and in balancing security needs with other system qualities that are just as important.

UXFunctionality and good usability of a software system alone are no longer sufficient for a company to be successful with its users. We support you as an innovative company in designing your systems in such a way that users are not only supported effectively and efficiently, but also have a positive user experience (UX). As our partner you will benefit from scalable, innovative approaches for validating quality properties by construction, which cannot be validated if classical approaches are used, or which can only be validated very inefficiently.

Virtual Engineering

Open interfaces, the consolidation of functions on just a few high-performance control units, as well as multicore processors are leading to numerous challenges in embedded systems. Functions can no longer be regarded in isolation during development; they interact in numerous different ways with other functions and devices of the system. Our virtual engineering approach provides tools that allow early evaluation of functions in a realistic system context. Existing or prototype behavior components can be executed in a simulated environment that reflects the relevant properties of the planned software architecture. This makes it possible to predict the impact of design and deployment decisions at an early point in time and to correct them, if necessary. This allows you to already validate your system virtually in advance and thus increases your development efficiency.

Competence Transfer

In order to sustainably roll out and establish innovative engineering approaches in an organization, one of the issues is dealing with how to get competencies into one’s own organization. Together with you we will develop a concept that is tailored to your needs. In the context of joint R&D Labs our experts will work with your staff in a joint development lab equipped with state-of-the-art technology, methods, and tools to transfer innovative approaches. In addition to all this, we are happy to teach you our expert knowledge regarding various engineering topics in our seminars.

Safe & Rapid Delivery


Agile Transformation

We support you in exploiting the potential of agile processes and DevOps and in transforming existent processes. Scalability, firm entrenchment of the processes in the organization, and collaboration with classical processes and external development partners are factors that play an important role in this regard.

Engineering Quality – Ensuring Quality



Systems are open, adaptive, and increasingly interconnected. Established safety engineering methods are therefore only usable to a certain extent. Safety-related guarantees are offered by our ConSerts approach.



IT and data security play a very large role for organizations. In terms of systems engineering, Fraunhofer IESE supports you in validating the design of a system and in balancing security needs with other system qualities. 


User Experience

Good usability and functionality of a system are no longer enough to ensure success with users. We work with you to design systems in such a way that users are not only supported effectively and efficiently, but also have a positive User Experience (UX).

Systems Engineering – Mastering Complexity



Products can only be developed when the needs and wishes of the stakeholders are known. Our support for you ranges from creativity techniques for requirements elicitation to the systematic management of complex requirements in all areas of requirements engineering.



Architecture is of fundamental importance in the development of high-value software systems with predictable and adequate quality within time and budget constraints. Our ACES method supports you in defining and documenting your architecture.

Virtual Engineering – Early Evaluation and Validation


FERAL: Virtual Architecture Development and Evaluation of Software Designs

Our virtual engineering approach provides tools that allow you to evaluate functions early on in a realistic system context. Our FERAL framework makes it possible to execute existing or prototypical behavior components in a simulated environment.