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Bridging the Gap: Reconciling Systems, Software and Business Processes
Modern systems consist of a complex mix of products and services – legacy, bespoke, COTS, open source, licensed, and user-developed – that must be designed to meet rapidly changing business needs.
Business processes must be agile to capture and maintain customers with rapidly evolving needs, tastes, and desires. Systems technology and development methods must be responsive to business needs to continuously provide value in line with their costs.
However, legacy and regulatory constraints, emerging requirements, enhanced interoperability, and the ascendancy of software have challenged system development processes. Just as systems are more necessary for business success, the ability to align systems and business goals and processes has become more difficult.
In the past, the processes and underlying principles of business, system engineering and software engineering have independently evolved and are represented by languages and concepts that are tantalizingly similar and yet seem to conflict. This has led to confusion and often friction between and among these critical conceptual constituents.
The International Conference on Software and System Process (ICSSP) believes there is considerable value in the reconciliation of business, systems engineering and software engineering processes.