Supporting the design of systems and software that match the processes in the field

  • Design information in the development process is expressed directly in the tool
  • Combining modeling tools with document and traceability capabilities
  • Product line development support functions
  • Expand freely with plug-ins

Challenges of Large-Scale System and
Software Development

Software is becoming larger and more complex as systems and services become more sophisticated.
As a result, multiple teams in different companies and departments are developing in parallel.

In large scale parallel and decentralized development, it is not only a top-down development approach that starts with requirements analysis.
A bottom-up development approach to advancing the existing assets so that they can be utilized is essential, and people on the ground are making it work both ways.


The approach of adapting the tool to the process in the field

Next Design is a next-generation design tool for systems and software development.
The 'metamodel', which defines the structure and relationship of design information for each process, and
the 'view definition', which is a diagram and document representation for expressing it, can be adapted to the perspective and use of the development site to create a dedicated design It can be made into a tool.

conventional method

Database of design information ( digital transformation)


Non-programming and dedicated design tools.

  • Define the characteristics of your
    development with a metamodel

    Class diagrams define the structure and relationships of design information for each process.
    Embodies different designs and processes for different products.

  • Define the look and feel of the
    artifact in views

    Define your design perspective and deliverables to suit your needs.
    Switch from Word-like document display to Excel-like grids and diagrams for a variety of representations of the same design data.

    * Patent No. 6847382

digital transformation

Facilitating the
digitization of design
with metamodels


Supporting the creation of
a database of design information
from system design to software design

Metamodels and views for dedicated tools

It is a design tool that fits the actual situation of
development while taking advantage of the strengths of the field.

Changes are followed by other views.

When designers make changes to their designs, they are automatically reflected in all
relevant views.
Your design data is always up-to-date and there is no risk of missing updates.


variety of features to support design

  • Record traceability while designing

    The relationships between design information are traceable as they are, so they are automatically secured while designing. The scope of influence of changes can be analyzed while designing because the information can be checked sequentially.

    * Patent No. 6847382

  • Support product line development

    Product Line" is included as a design tool. It allows you to design multiple products without the need for specialized software.
    After applying the products, the design information can be exported individually.

Features to help develop multiple teams

  • Checking Changes

    You can compare the
    differences to previous projects and revisions to identify the changes.

  • Linked to the configuration management system

    Integrate with Subversion. Exclusivity locks, commits, and other operations can be completed in the tool.

  • Design assignment

    Design information files can be split up for
    parallel development and can be diverted from other projects.

  • Enhancements with plug-ins

    An extension mechanism that allows you to plug in your own features.
    There are various things you can do, from customizing the UI to adding features.

    Design information verification

    • Check for omissions and violations of description rules.

    Tool linkage

    • Support for migration from existing assets (Excel sheets and imports)
  • Provide the same documentation as before.

    Document your design information.
    You can still use the same Word format for deliveries to customers and for providing
    documents to contractors.

    You can output in the following format.

    • Word
    • PDF
    • HTML
    • Image format


Case study

Examples of applications for top-down development

By defining the artifacts of each process and their relationship to each other as a metamodel and assigning the appropriate views, the
It is possible to operate with high accessibility across processes.

  • requirement development

  • system design

  • software design

Application to Derivative Development

It can also be applied to bottom-up development, which is driven by existing assets and inherent rules.

  • Metamodel existing assets and constraints.

    Empirical values and tacit knowledge that only exist in the mind of the person in charge can be embodied as a metamodel and made into a standard design method for the

  • Added a plugin for checking development rule violations.

    Add the ability to check for violations of product-specific development rules and
    detect potential defects in existing assets.

Other Design Applications

  • Model representation in UML/SysML

  • Applications to Process Design

    By defining the relationships between the processes and the elements of the deliverables in a meta-model, it can be applied to the design of
    processes, etc.



In order to use Next Design, the following environment is required.
If you do not meet the requirements, Next Design may not work properly.

hardware (esp. computer)


Minimum: 2 cores 2.3GHz
Recommended: 4 cores 3.0GHz or higher


Minimum: 4.0GB
Recommended: 8.0GB or more




Minimum 1280 x 1024
recommended: 1920 x 1080



Windows 8.1
Windows 10


Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2

Applications that can be integrated

version control system

Subversion 1.8 and 1.9 repositories


Google Chrome
Internet Explorer 11 (only available with compatibility mode on)

Google Chrome is recommended.

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