Digi WDS works with you to translate your idea into a development plan for a marketable product.
At this stage, the Digi WDS team helps you identify the project requirements, create a high-level architecture for your hardware and software, and develop a conceptual prototype. Our proof-of-concept prototypes help minimize risks and assess technology tradeoffs to create the most viable and development-ready solution architecture. This stage involves close, direct dialog with our solution architects, systems engineers and project managers to ensure your project is ready for successful development.
Digi Jolt Workshop
Your design ideas can come to life.
Sometimes all you need is some support and guidance to get from concept to a working idea that can be on its way to development.
Now you can. Digi WDS Jolt workshops let you work with experts who understand the process of taking a project from idea through development and to market. Your workshop team will roll up their sleeves, work side-by-side with you, and help you think through your product's features and the problems it will solve, and fully visualize the end result.
A Digi WDS Jolt Workshop can empower you, and set you on the path to success:
- Evaluate other products in the same space to determine what will set yours apart
- Analyze the customer needs and how your product will solve them
- Identify the critical product requirements that will affect the system design and any pitfalls that could put the project at risk
- Ensure the definition of the product is accurate and that your cost of goods will ensure it is geared to the target
- Set realistic project timelines, including testing and certification, to ensure you can meet your go-to-market goals
- Get all of your burning questions answered, so you have full confidence in the resulting go-forward plan
Complete, detailed designs and specifications for your product architecture.
After the high-level requirements are identified, system architecture design can begin. When you work with Digi WDS, we ensure that all the bases are covered to omit any gaps or unforeseen challenges that can put the project at risk.
We consider all critical factors in the design from electronics to software, RF, mechanical, manufacturing, field service and user experience. Product architecture requires expertise in each of these disciplines to ensure a successful design.
Typical tasks in this phase are:
- Select system components
- Identify software architecture for the full range of needs, such as sensors, gateways, electromechanical systems and user applications on servers and mobile apps
- Walk through market requirements to ensure the proposed architecture supports the identified use cases
- Choose to buy or build your board components
- Identify partnerships for development tasks, manufacturing, certifications and distribution
- Establish a preliminary bill of materials and ballpark product manufacturing costs
- Identify engineering labor, materials and certification costs
Quickly create a proof-of-concept prototype to help identify requirements for the system and product.
The optional step of developing a proof-of-concept provides a clearer picture of project costs, timeline and risks. A preliminary bill of materials can be made or updated and we will estimate the cost of the product in manufacturing. The prototype will generally be designed and built using readily available, off-the-shelf hardware and software as much possible. Building the proof-of-concept prototype helps answer questions about the technology, user interface, size and cost and serves as a platform for demonstrations to help visualize the end product. The prototype can include mechanical models for the final product that represent the look and feel of the desired end product.
A proof-of-concept can mitigate a range of typical risks that can impact the viability of a project, including:
- Technical risk due to the specific application requirements, device size or unique function, e.g. with new technology
- Business risk due to different components such as device cost, device usability and market adaptation
- Unforeseen risk that can be revealed in this phase such as a higher bill of materials cost or total cost of ownership
Digi WDS can be your PMO to ensure critical deadlines are met and communicate progress against goals.
After requirements, system concept and architecture have been drafted, we update our detailed product development plan including all phases, risk management, staffing, milestones, certifications and deliverables for successful launch into production. The project plan includes enough detail to identify all of the program costs, schedule, milestones and risks. The output of this work is that the project can begin execution immediately.