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Big companies starting to believe in model-driven development?

Last week, the École des Mines de Nantes organized the seminar “Future Challenges of Information Systems in Bank and Insurance companies”.

Three topics were constantly raised by the participants (basically, heads of IS departments of Bank and Insurance companies): cloud computing, development of multi-channel applications and model-driven development.

It looks like, after many years, big companies (by “big” I mean companies that have at least around ten thousand employees) start to believe that MDD (maybe not yet MDE in general, see the difference ) can help in the development and maintenance of their software systems. Until now, MDE adoption was mainly done in smaller companies which are always more eager to try new technologies (they are more likely to be the early adopters in the technology adoption cycle ) in search for a competitive advantage.

In particular, Thierry Daviet from MACIF (France’s leading car insurer) mentioned that he believes that MDD is the way to 1 - manage the complexity of IS, 2- improve productivity and lower the development costs and 3 – reduce the need of having experts in all the new technologies that keep blooming every day. He also mentioned that they are now doing the firsts internal experiments to see if theses “beliefs” around the benefits of modeling turn out to be true. Definitely a step in the right direction.

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Comment by Rui Curado on May 17, 2010 at 0:21
"I even think the companies don't want to change the code, they just use it because it's free."

Yes, I said that too on another related forum post.

"The free economy is stopping innovation."

I don't think so, however I think that in this new "free economy" we are only getting small, incremental innovations. No company wants to risk large, long-term investments in a world where everything else around is given away. Not because they think it won't sell, but because they think it won't get their investment money back.
Comment by Xavier Seignard on May 12, 2010 at 15:58
That's good news indeed!
@ Vlad : You're just out of topic, once again... Don't stay focused on that "open source"/"commercial" war that you've already lost...
Comment by Rui Curado on May 12, 2010 at 11:35
As an aspiring MDSD tool vendor, this is, of course, good news!

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