Engineering design processes are becoming more important for software engineers, according to a new survey conducted by Techstars.
Engineers are increasingly embracing automation in their design process and using tools like AutoCAD and AutoCad Pro to automate their work, the survey found.
Automation engineers are looking to automate more tasks in the design process to help reduce costs, the report found.
Automated tasks can be as simple as filling out a design form and then entering the data into a spreadsheet, or as complex as creating new design elements.
The report found that engineers are increasingly using these tools to automate processes in the field, but they also are using tools such as AutoCade and Auto CAD Pro to help automate their processes.
“As software engineers we have become accustomed to dealing with complicated design and development tasks in a traditional fashion.
We use our computer to solve these problems, and we have to be able to do so while still keeping the design and implementation as simple and efficient as possible,” said Alex Balsamo, vice president of engineering solutions at Techstars, which conducted the survey.
“But as engineers become more engaged in the software design process the design becomes even more complex, requiring engineers to automate tasks, including repetitive tasks like design, code, and code coverage.”
The study found that software engineers are using more automation tools than ever before in the process of designing and developing software.
“Automation is the future of software engineering, and it’s only a matter of time before software engineers adopt it to automate even more of their work,” Balsamos said.
Automated tasks are often more costly than manual tasks.
According to the survey, automation costs an average of $18 per day per software engineer to maintain their design and code.
“When it comes to designing software, a large percentage of engineers are actually working on the same software code multiple times,” said Scott Pascucci, vice chairman of the engineering research department at Autodesk.
“It’s very common for software developers to work on a new feature multiple times before the product is ready for prime time.
Automation has been a key tool in the development of many software products, from mobile apps to enterprise software and even for healthcare applications.”
Automation and automation in design, testing, and engineering are just two examples of how software engineers and engineers in other fields are using automation tools.
The survey also found that more than one in four software engineers work on the design, engineering, or testing side of their job.
“While automation has been used for a variety of applications in engineering, it’s becoming increasingly popular for designers and testers,” Balamo said.
“As the number of automated tests and testing environments increases, it will likely become more common to automate the development and testing of software, too.”
The survey found that about one-third of software engineers have used Autodesks Designer Suite, a software development suite that is designed to make it easier for developers to create and share design files.
“Designer Suite allows us to do design-related tasks in much more accessible and intuitive ways,” said Andrew Leung, vice-president of engineering at Autodeks.
“This makes the development process a lot more fun and engaging.”
Other tools available for developers and designers include Autodesquare, Autodescript, and AutoDesk.
AutoCads can help designers and developers work with complex designs more quickly and accurately.
“AutoCAD is one of the best toolkits for developing complex and highly interactive software, and its flexibility allows designers to focus on the code and not on the UI,” said Mike Sargent, founder of Designers Toolbox, which offers AutoCADS and AutoSketch.
“A designer can get an immediate feel for how their software will look in real time.”
The report also found many software engineers use Autodeski, an online design and coding platform, and CodePen to help them write code quickly and easily.
“CodePen is a great tool for the creative artist who wants to take their design to the next level,” said Jason Wysocki, director of the Engineering Design Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.
“I’ve found it to be especially helpful for programmers and designers who want to get creative with their designs.”
The research also found some software engineers prefer the company of their engineers over the engineers of their peers.
About one-quarter of engineers said they would rather work with their engineers than the other way around.
“Software engineering is a highly competitive field, and there’s often a strong bias toward a small group of people,” said Balsami.
“The hiring process is also heavily weighted towards the most senior engineers.
The more senior engineers get hired, the more likely the rest of the teams will be given priority.
This creates a competitive environment where people feel like they’re doing something special and that they deserve their place in the company.”