Software is a critical differentiator for NI. But software at NI doesn’t represent just a set of products that contribute to our offerings. Our software portfolio connects our entire platform and provides capabilities that set our solutions apart.
LabVIEW is a vital part of our expanding software portfolio. To build on the success of LabVIEW, we developed the NXG Platform which has enabled an entirely new set of offerings such as the NXG Web Module, SystemDesigner, FlexLogger, InstrumentStudio, VeriStand, and Digital Pattern Editor. You’ve told us there’s tremendous value in these NXG-based solutions, and we agree.
We also built a new product, LabVIEW NXG, based on the NXG Platform. While your feedback has been positive and there’s been excitement about what you’re seeing in LabVIEW NXG, you’ve also shared with us some of your concerns around migrating to an entirely new LabVIEW product. And although we’ve mitigated some of these issues, we agree and want to empower you to focus on addressing your future test and measurement needs.
That’s why we’ve decided to take the following steps:
We will integrate the strengths of the NXG platform into our LabVIEW 2021(+) codebase, which will result in the best of both worlds. This means centralizing our investments in LabVIEW in a way that enables us to deliver even more value to LabVIEW users in the years ahead.
We will continue to advance our NXG-based portfolio of solutions such as the NXG Web Module, SystemDesigner, as well as our expanding suite of configuration-based products such as FlexLogger and VeriStand. As part of this commitment, you can expect to see the NXG Web Module and SystemDesigner integrated into other parts of our portfolio.
We will cease development efforts on LabVIEW NXG and release the final version - LabVIEW NXG 5.1 – in 2021. We will not release new versions of LabVIEW NXG starting in 2022.
Our teams are working on these projects today as well as the significant new investments we’re making across our entire software portfolio, including in Product Analytics and Test Operations. Collectively, our ongoing investments in this well-rounded portfolio give us a unique ability to create a digital thread that follows a product across the development flow and through its entire lifecycle. This allows us to provide new value to you at an even larger scale - like reducing overall time to market, significantly lowering operational costs and helping you address pervasive product and performance issues before they impact your customers.
The steps we’re sharing today – the long-term commitment we are making to LabVIEW as well as our ongoing investments in configuration-based software, Product Analytics and Test Operations – will bolster our software capabilities and better support you. They are aligned to our software strategy and our commitment to providing all of our customers and partners with the most innovative and powerful software in the Test and Measurement industry.