IBM: Improving collaboration, tackling complexity The Invisible Thread

You would think, given the following, that a means of measuring system complexity would be something of critical interest to every manufacturer on the planet!? So why aren’t they ALL beating a path to the door of Ontonix to learn about the only, objective, quantitative means of measuring, monitoring and managing system complexity?

The sea of digital information flowing into and out of the Internet is probably the best example of the complexity that defines our world in the 21st century. Complexity is certainly not a bad thing. But when it comes to building products like cell phones, medical devices, and automobiles — products that increasingly rely on digital information for both their development and their everyday use — complexity can be a thorny issue for device manufacturers.

Consider the car you drive. Each small system is part of a sub-system that is itself part of the whole; and each nested system contains parts developed by a vast supply chain of manufacturers, with sets of specifications and standards that must satisfy international regulations and, ultimately, consumers. Designing, deploying, and competing within this “system of system” environment is the constant challenge facing the engineers who are IBM’s customers, including software engineers. These are the systems architects and requirements teams, the coding teams, the testing and build teams, each of whom move their components toward unforgiving deadlines and stakeholder scrutiny.

via Improving collaboration, tackling complexity The Invisible Thread.

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