Lotus F1 Brings Better Software to the Track with iRise

In the world of Formula One, getting the right information to the team can mean the difference between a World Championship or disappointment. In the fast paced video above, Lotus F1 Team IT Director Graeme Hackland shares his team’s IS Strategy, the issues they faced defining and building the right applications, and how iRise helps them get the right software to their team. Graeme describes how they accelerated innovation with the speed and agility needed to win races.

This success story is part of the Lotus F1 Team & iRise partnership, which includes iRise joining the elite Technical Partners program. Through this partnership, the former world-champions leverage the iRise software visualization platform to accelerate time-to-market for its critical software development initiatives.

Patrick Louis, CEO, Lotus F1 Team: “The biggest problem we have with software development projects is ensuring the requirements identified up front match the requirements at the point of delivery. Traditional functional requirements documents and static screen shots do not provide either the consumers or the developers with sufficient granularity, which bogs down the requirements process and often leads to unexpected late-stage rework. We first learned about the ability to accelerate software development projects with iRise in 2011 and have already leveraged visualization to accelerate critical development projects in our Agile development lifecycle. Our goal is to improve on-time delivery of our racing-related software which will be intuitive and of immediate benefit to its users, and iRise is a mission-critical element of our strategy to achieve that.”

Eric Boullier, Team Principal, Lotus F1 Team: “We have been leveraging computer-aided design tools for years to simulate the design of our race cars and accelerate their manufacture. It makes perfect sense that iRise would empower our IT organization to do the same for software design and delivery.”

iRise is thrilled to be associated with a World Championship winning team like Lotus F1 Team. The IT organization at Lotus F1 Team is already very agile, given the culture of speed and innovation on the team. If they struggle to get requirements right with everyone at the same location, can you imagine how hard it must be for global organizations to communicate about requirements that have business and IT stakeholders spread around the globe? Collaboration is at the heart of the iRise platform, and enables teams – whether it be in the same room or across the globe – to effectively communicate and get everyone on the same page.

Lotus F1 Team is one of the premier outfits in the Formula 1 World Championship. The all-new 2012 Lotus F1 Team driver partnership – 2007 Formula 1 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen, and 2011 GP2 Champion Romain Grosjean – are lightning fast and will prove strong challengers to the other competitors on the grid.