Applying ‘Systems Engineering’ to ‘Systems Integration’ within your business
By C Burgers, NETCB
Electricity+Control, April 2014 (pages 47-48)
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Over time, Systems Engineering principles have established themselves well within the development cycles of new systems, whilst implementing new software solutions. Moreover, many new approaches have manifested with software development today, from the traditional software development lifecycle approach to the agile development methodology.
This, however, does not mean that the processes around Systems Engineering have fallen away. In fact, the processes of Systems Engineering have become ever more important today, providing organisations an opportunity to establish a competitive edge.
S I M I L A R
Systems Engineering can be summarised by the acronym SIMILAR (Bahill and Gissing, 1998).Through interdisciplinary processes that:
State the problem
Investigate the alternatives
Model the system
Integrate the system elements
Launch the system
Access the performance
Re-evaluate on a continual basis
Applying Systems Engineering to Systems Integration – allows an organisation to have many building blocks that make up their business and systems architecture.
Applying Systems Engineering to Systems Integration is critical.
Once a system is implemented, the organisation must experience a real return on investment.