Our lifetime has seen an incredible amount of technological advancement and our kids’ will likely have an order of magnitude more. This rapid pace of technological advancement is to be celebrated and embraced – it fuels amazing new technologies and scientific achievements that make us more connected, safer, and pushes the limits of what we previously thought possible. The impact of these achievements is no longer isolated to a single industry – it permeates every industry and exposes the established market incumbents to an unusual combination of disruption and growth potential.
The pressure and the challenge to drive business impact is daunting in this climate – how do you grow while making large investments into the next wave of technologies without dramatically changing your business model? Companies are watching their operational costs balloon as they dip their toes into numerous areas of investment that require significant and often disparate expertise and investment. Meanwhile, small startups with incredible focus and no prior obligations can leverage new technologies in ways that established competitors struggle to respond to.
So, how do you protect yourself from disruption? It all boils down to one simple question: do you feel secure in your future with the tools that you’re using? Whether it’s your personal finances, your career, or the engineering systems of the future, your tools need to help ensure that security.
For the last forty years and for decades to come, we aim to enable engineers to take advantage of the latest technologies, whether that be a measurement device, a processor architecture, or integrating a new software language. We continually and increasingly invest in our software to balance the needs and expectations of long-time users, newly-graduated engineers, programming experts, and programming novices.
LabVIEW has always been seen as a programming language, but the initial vision for the product was to abstract the concept of programming and enable engineers to interact with real-world hardware to automate measurements without the burden of writing code. As LabVIEW became more popular in sophisticated production test and embedded applications, professional coding frameworks became necessary. But, bringing the productivity of the graphical approach to more engineers continues to be a key investment arc for LabVIEW.
This year, like every year, we’ll be unveiling new products at NIWeek (Spoiler Alert: NIWeek is in May) and these announcements will be meaningful demonstrations of our investment in LabVIEW and our broader software portfolio.