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Automated Test Outlook 2017

The Automated Test Outlook is a comprehensive view of the key technologies and methodologies making a large impact on the test and measurement industry. One of the biggest challenges for test engineers and managers is staying current on technology trends. NI has a broad knowledge of technology trends and interacts with companies across many sectors, which gives us a unique view on the test and measurement market. This makes it possible for us to be a strategic partner with many of our key customers in identifying trends and industry best practices. In this special edition, NI Cofounder Dr. James Truchard reflects on the past 40 years of test and measurement, identifies market and technology trends impacting today’s test organizations, and looks forward to what lies ahead.

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How We Arrived at the Trends

Annually, we solicit feedback from the NI customer base of more than 35,000 companies worldwide and, with our research and development activities, generate quantitative and qualitative data to identify trends. Below are the five trends Dr. Truchard has selected for the 2017 edition.

Reconfigurable Instrumentation—2010

Test systems are reconfigured for endless reasons, from adapting to new test requirements to accommodating instrument substitutions during calibration and repair cycles.

Optimizing Test Organizations—2012

Transforming a test organization into a strategic asset requires commitment to a long-term phased approach, from creating standard test platforms to building a data infrastructure, to improve decision making.

Software-Centric Ecosystems—2013

The software-centric nature of technology can transform the capability of automated test systems to drive increased levels of productivity and collaboration.

Managed Test System—2014

As Moore’s law continues to influence the performance of test systems, new technologies help test managers run their test systems to lower the cost of test.

Driven by Necessity—2015

Safety regulations and software are pushing hardware-in-the-loop testing to the forefront of transportation manufacturing in an increasingly software-driven world.