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Technology advances require functionality upgrades in test instrumentation software

21 October 2014

The demand for simple and easy-to-use solutions is growing in the instrumentation software market, to meet the rapid emergence of new technologies. Instrumentation software companies are now focusing on simplifying complicated technical tasks and processes as well as adding new functionalities, according to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

The new analysis ‘It’s All About Software – Analysis of the Market for Global Instrumentation Software and Software Solutions for General Purpose Test Instrument,’ looks at the functionality of instrumentation software, which has evolved throughout the last decade, with many software developers employing powerful formulas, advanced rendering, and intuitive user interfaces.
 
“The close integration of electronic test equipment and software is resulting in improved efficiency of the overall system,” said Prathima Bommakanti, measurement & instrumentation industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “The faster changeover, enhanced accuracy, and higher placement rates will all help deliver greater production yields to customers.”
 
Another trend in the test instrumentation software market is the increasing heterogeneity in product/application mix at customer locations. Due to the resulting need for several types of software/products, customers tend to gravitate towards single-source suppliers that can provide the packages/services by themselves or through partnerships.
 
End users' preference for a one-stop-shop is driving equipment vendors to provide the equipment in a manner that eliminates the need to procure software individually. They also tend to offer free updates of the software if there is no revision in its version.
 
“With the increase in complexity of DUT, customers in the global instrumentation software market are in a constant search for simple and easy-to-use solutions,” noted Bommakanti. “Identifying this need, market participants are striving to ensure that their software offer high ease-of-use to their customers.”


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