Products are becoming more and more complex and interconnected. With the uprising of the “Internet of Things (IoT)” this is becoming even more relevant. Further the trend of software taking over more and more functionalities from what used to be implemented with hardware or mechanics, due its intrinsic advantage of "no" maintenance costs, needs a more holistic view on product development. On the other hand this trend brings also higher complexity which needs to be handled.
Wiki defines Systems Engineering as the interdisciplinary field of engineering that focuses on how to design and manage complex engineering projects over their life cycles. Another definition from Derek Hitchins, Prof. of Systems Engineering and former president of INCOSE defines Systems Engineering as "The art and science of creating optimal solution systems to complex issues and problems". For us both have their value and message.
The traditional areas of Systems Engineering such as aircraft, ships or trains are thus reaching out to many more fields and are underlaid by high dynamics in the market. This is being further pushed by changing market forces and global competition. One of the major challenges is connecting the engineering disciplines with the aim to:
- improve coordination of processes and data from multiple engineering disciplines
- streamline development of innovative products and systems
- prove compliance to regulations and standards
- achieve quality that grows your business and protects your brand
- address needs of specific industries.