Across every industry, demanding customers are expecting more intelligence and functionality at less cost. The result is increasingly complex mechatronic systems, where electronics and software control the mechanical aspects. A 2008 Aberdeen Group study describes this as a “growing trend to blend mechanical, electro-mechanics, digital control systems, and electronic design elements into an integrated system.” The study cites a number of common problems in developing systems of such complexity, and concludes that “How effectively companies are able to address these challenges carries with it a significant impact on a company’s ability to meet key targets that drive product profitability.