Capgemini, a provider of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, and iRise, a provider of visualization software, have announced that General Motors has deployed enterprise-wide, visual modeling technology that simulates the user experience of software applications before its actual use.
According to iRise, unlike traditional mock-up approaches, this new technique enables users of IT applications to actually see and experience how IT systems work even before these systems are developed. General Motors (GM) is incorporating this transformative technology into its global processes to produce simulations that develop more user-friendly IT systems.
iRise claims that deploying visualization software from the company and using a rapid prototyping process developed by Capgemini, GM has already implemented a number of business applications built from this modeling process that have accelerated time-to-market, cut project costs and increased the adoption of applications. On average, visual modeling reduced project duration by 10% and the projects received very high customer satisfaction ratings.
Capgemini’s design and visualization methodology provides a systematic approach to designing applications and envisioning their use through end-user observations, deep collaboration amongst stakeholders and the presentation of multiple alternative prototypes. From this blueprint, iRise’s software can be used to model and visualize the applications before a single line of code is written. Together, this methodology and technology support the delivery of an application suite that is customized for end-user needs and GM’s market environment.
Fred Killeen, chief systems and technology officer of General Motors, said: For a century, GM has successfully and consistently built high quality cars and trucks by first creating product simulations or models. Applying this expertise to visual modeling of software enables GM to deliver increasingly collaborative, innovative and user-centric products to our employees and customers. We are glad to be working with a strong ecosystem of partners to standardize IT visual modeling across our enterprise and the industry.