ZEISS Digital Innovation is developing software that supports the manufacturing and evaluation process for an optical component in semiconductor manufacturing machines. This serves both the production of components of the latest technologies and the associated new processes. The redesigned application (MiRA) will provide the functionality of the software used to date and will be easily adaptable and expandable for future needs. The end user should be supported effectively and efficiently in the visualization of complex evaluation variables and the resulting interactions. Thus, in addition to the implementation of a future-proof technological basis, usability and the associated user-centered design of the UI also represent a focus of the project.
Since the processes supported by the ZEISS Digital Innovation application are just emerging, the solution is built on highly changing foundations that have not yet been established. The software should be able to be dynamically extended by external development teams on the front-end and back-end through plug-ins. The actual software remains untouched. There are no code changes and no intervention in the running application.
Through very close and intensive collaboration between the ZEISS Digital Innovation development teams and the stakeholders, an outstanding software solution was developed in a complex environment with many unknowns. Thanks to the agile and incremental approach, a first version was made available productively at a very early stage and new functions were added on a regular basis. Continuous attention was paid to the high quality of the software as well as the associated artifacts.
- Planning and requirements management
- Stakeholder coordination
- Concept development and architecture design
- Implementation of back end and front end
- Test automation
- Quality assurance documentation
- Lifecycle management
- Support in the operation and ongoing development of the application
The high-end production processes developed at the ZEISS segment Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology generate a large amount of complex data. Our partner, ZEISS Digital Innovation, has helped to prepare these complex structures for users and make them intuitively usable and navigable through its expertise in the areas of visualization, user experience and web application development. During the development of the MiRA UI, the agile, user-oriented and collaborative approach of our partner proved to be a great advantage.
This requirement presented a significant technological challenge. The project therefore started with a ZEISS Digital Innovation Team consisting of requirements engineers, UX designers, architects, developers and a Scrum Master. A second project team was added to the team in the summer of 2022. The planning and implementation of the entire project is agile, based on Scrum.
During the course of the project, new versions will be made available to users on a regular basis. The future users have access to the new versions of the software in the production and preview environment. Your feedback on this will be incorporated directly into our product backlog. The milestones are defined primarily by the product owner, who is provided by the customer, in consultation with the stakeholders and in collaboration with the development team.
The UI/UX team of the project consists of employees of the customer and ZEISS Digital Innovation. The customer is responsible for the UI fine design. Both ZEISS Digital Innovation and the customer benefit from the newly acquired knowledge, e.g. via the designated platforms within the departments.
- Frontend: Angular 13, RxJs, Nx, Cypress (E2E-Test), Karma (Frontend Unittests), NgRx, ZUi WebComponents, paper.js, Syncfusion
- Backend: C# / .NET 6, ASP.NET Core, REST, GraphQL
- Infrastructure: Docker, Kubernetes, Oracle, and Liquibase
- Azure DevOps
- RE/UX/UI: Azure DevOps, Axure RP, FIGMA, and MS Office