There are many definitions of systems engineering in the market today. At PTC we strive for a shared Systems Engineering perspective with our customers - one that focuses on the challenges they see every day. Increasingly, engineering executives are expected to accelerate the delivery of innovative products, with fewer resources, while maintaining the highest level of quality across diverse product variants.
The presence and increasing importance of software in many products introduces additional complexities that cannot be effectively handled with traditional engineering processes and technologies.
Many customers are looking for a comprehensive, multidisciplinary (hardware and software) approach that drives collaboration in the design of complex systems. Increasing complexity requires an iterative, closed-loop process with system-level requirements flow-down and granular traceability - from system requirements all the way through design and testing.
This complexity is exacerbated for products with software intensive systems. The optimal system architecture can be developed through iterative modeling and simulation. When iteration is fostered early in the system design process, collaboration becomes more effective, significantly reducing late lifecycle rework. Time to market is shortened, quality improved, and costs reduced.
Customers can get started towards this Systems Engineering vision in one of two ways:
1) Address the requirements management challenge
- Reign in projects that are spiralling out of control - avoid scope creep, ambiguities, and ensure requirements are accurately captured, managed and satisfied
- Detect and communicate requirements change consistently across disciplines
- Ensure consistency in and enforcement of critical processes
- Enable transparency and requirements flow-down across disciplines
- Close the feedback loop; to ensure that what is delivered conforms to what was requested
- Connect System Models with system requirements and other development artifacts
- Reuse requirements from project to project
2) Tackle the Software System Lifecycle challenge
- Provide visibility to software release readiness
- Trace requirements from customer needs to product and regulatory requirements, product/system specifications, design specifications and test results.
- Manage the rapid proliferation of product variants to leverage software artifact reuse (requirements linked to test, system models, source code)
- Streamline compliance processes
- Effectively manage and collaborate with globally-distributed technology supply chains
- Ensure high product quality, leading to increased profitability and customer satisfaction