LabVIEW is a very specialized subject and projects involving LabVIEW have high-risk factors for engineers who are new to it. Here’s our view of how an experienced Certified LabVIEW Architect can benefit your next project:-
- Increased Chance of Project Success
When we are starting out on a development project, a key metric helps us plan out how well it’s progressing is to monitor the chance of success of the project. We base this upon the skills of the developers involved against the technologies involved in the project.
This helps us to offset the cost of development against the chance of success. We’re prepared to invest more in a project that’s almost certain to succeed, but much less on a risky project.
So for an In-House Development team on a new project with new technology, we would maybe put the chance of success at 50%.
As we don’t want to turn down projects that can deliver a business benefit, our goal is to reduce the risk when undertaking new projects,
By adding an expert CLA to the team, we could increase the chance of success to 75%. This can potentially give us a much greater chance of project success. It also makes it much more likely that the project will deliver a valuable solution.
A small investment from a Certified LabVIEW Architect can give a large increase in the potential value delivered.
- Avoid Costly Mistakes and Help Hit Deadlines
Our consulting CLA ’s have typically been involved in 50 + test, measurement and control projects. They have used all of the current NI hardware platforms, and have also come across most of the issues and gotcha’s that LabVIEW can throw up. Taking the advice of an experienced CLA can save weeks of head scratching, problem-solving and potential code re-writing. We see this issue particularly on projects that involve LabVIEW across different targets. For example, cRIO projects involving FPGA, Real-Time and Windows.
If you decide now to use a consultant, do make sure you use one of the LabVIEW reference examples!
A Certified LabVIEW Architect can help you avoid costly mistakes on complex projects.
- Make it Scalable for Future Modifications
Adding new features to a project is almost guaranteed to occur. We’ve had experience of this over 5 years of projects, so we now make sure that the code is built to be modified easily.
A Certified LabVIEW Architect can create a modular design that will grow and be manageable over time, cutting the lifetime cost of software.
- Questions Answered Quickly
Questions can often be answered in forums and support lines. However, we’ve found that a CLA can glance through a project and identify an issue within minutes, or at least start the debug process to identify the issue quickly.
Cut debug time by getting solutions quickly from an expert.
- Learning Time for New Software Development Concepts
If you’ve learnt some new concepts on a recent training course, but aren’t 100% sure how to implement that in your next project, a CLA consultant can help you to introduce that into your code. A great example of this is Object Oriented programming techniques. We come across many developers who want the benefits of the flexibility of OO tools but are not sure which parts to convert to OO in their next application. A CLA can help you to identify the best candidates and can also help you to implement the code.
Learn how to implement new concepts quickly by getting the help of a Certified LabVIEW Architect.
Our team includes 4 Certified LabVIEW Architects including Martin Griffiths, the senior LabVIEW Architect. Martin is also a Chartered Engineer with 12 years experience working with automated test and control systems. He scored an incredible 100% on The LabVIEW Architect exam (the highest level of LabVIEW certification), and can quickly solve complex engineering problems.
Call us now on 0151 558 0810 if you need help with a new project
Help from a Certified LabVIEW Architect is not for everyone though, maybe help from a CLA isn’t for you if:
- You’ve got the time and budget to develop an expert team over a period of 2-4 years.
- If you can afford for timescales to slip on your upcoming projects.
- You are prepared to develop experts who may then move on to competitors with their increased qualifications and experience.
- You can afford to make some mistakes on upcoming projects and learn from that experience over time.