Systems of Systems
Systems of systems have defining characteristics that make it very difficult to predict how well the system will do its job.
- The component systems were not specifically designed for this application. They are often off-the-shelf.
- The major job of the system is to support real-time decisions.
- What the system does at any time is highly dependent on the ever-changing status and activities both within and among the various parts of the system and in the external environment.
- Large amounts of data are continually collected, revised, processed, interpreted, evaluated, and disseminated.
Before you design, develop, and field a system of systems, use models to visualize how the system will work in the field. Here are some of the benefits.
- Ensure operational feasibility by visualizing the system in action.
- Get stakeholder feedback on system operation before it is built.
- Understand system limitations.
- Compare alternative system concepts to find the most cost-effective approach.
- Identify and correct system bottlenecks early in the design.
- Perform trade studies to get the most performance at the lowest life cycle cost.
Jacoby Consulting has been analyzing complex military and transportation systems for more than 30 years.
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