Systems Architecture

Systemic approach to master complexity

WHAT ARE THE MAIN PITFALLS WHEN DEVELOPING A COMPLEX PROJECT?

…AND WHAT ARE THE COSTLY CONSEQUENCES

Complex projects are characterized by the multiplicity of components, technologies, and stakeholders and above all by the number of interfaces to be controlled. Moreover, complex projects duration combined with the acceleration of processes and services evolutions mean that most of the phases studies will be initiated while many of the structuring parameters are not yet defined.
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In this context, this leads to the following classical pitfalls:
  • strong Operation / Engineering, MOAD / MOE, Upstream / Downstream, Project / Project,… silos,
  • arbitrations carried out locally which do not favor global optimums,
  • too much sequential activities (each one waiting to start that the previous one is achieved),
  • chronic inability to share the same assumptions while needs and requirements change at all times (in particular at the interfaces between the perimeters and disciplines covered).

The major consequences are: (1) a gap between what is expected and what is delivered at the end, (2) a cost rocketing and a shift of the deadlines and (3) a lack of control over the solution developed

CESAMES' SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE APPROACH BRINGS IMMEDIATE VALUE

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by Improving operational efficiency

Systems Architecture helps reduce costs while developing business by being frugal in design, development and maintenance phases and it optimizes the ratio investment/benefit by leveraging the “just necessary” systemic approach.

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by Guaranteeing needs coverage and smooth integration

Systems Architecture allows modifications of parts of a product anytime while avoiding the domino effect and it generates differentiating & competitive solutions by balancing stakeholders’ points of views and risks in tender phase.

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by Upskilling the project team
CESAMES upskills the team’s competencies by developing internally systems architecture skills and she empowers team members so they can develop their views by themselves and they can be autonomous.

SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE PROVIDES VALUABLE GUIDANCE TO GUARANTEE EFFICIENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WHILE DE-RISKING THE PROJECTS

OUR SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE INTEGRATED APPROACH RELIES ON A MODEL-BASED SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE FRAMEWORK -CESAM- AND A COLLABORATIVE WAY OF WORKING.

SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE, A STRATEGIC COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Architecture is a systemic approach and an international engineering methodology standard that provides explicit and holistic representation of a complex system.
A product, organization or information system is called “complex” when it is characterized by numerous stakeholders, needs to cover ans interconnected components.
These leads to integration issues during the design, development and production (manufacturing, operation) phases.
Using an architecture approach, when developing complex systems, enables to design the right solution and to design the solution right. It proposes rational and collaborative methods to take optimal ans shared decisions while securing and reducing cost and delivery time.

THE SYSTEMS ARCHITECT PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE WITHIN A COMPANY

The architect is in charge of creating a common vision on a complex system among all its stakeholders. He ensures global system coherence by integrating all stakeholders’ points of view into s shared vision. Its role encompasses the following competencies:
  • Understanding: he models problems by integrating all their dimensions
  • Analyzing: he finds simple solutions to complex problems
  • Sharing: he builds consensus within project teams
  • Deciding: he supports reasoned decision-making in a complex environment
  • Transforming: he designs and implements complex transformations
  • Succeeding: he secures the implementation of complex projects
Daniel Krob

AT CESAMES, WE TRULY BELIEVE THAT DEPLOYING AN ARCHITECTURE APPROACH IS A STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE FOR COMPANIES IN INDUSTRY (ENERGY & DISTRIBUTION, DEFENSE & AEROSPACE, CONSTRUCTION & INFRAS, ELECTRONICS TELECOM ROBOTICS, PUBLIC SERVICES & INNOVATION, AUTOMOTIVE, AERONAUTICS…) SERVICES OR PUBLIC SECTOR.

Our service offering

SKETCHING

The sketching (also called Esquisse) is a first-level solution that consists of a set of 5 workshops with key people from your project, with whom CESAMES will carry out analysis and formalization work. No architectural skills are required, you will benefit from immediate and tangible results within a month. It’s a quick approach to mastering the complexity of your project.

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SCOPING

The scoping intervenes at the articulation between a more or less explicit inventory and the implementation of a transformation project. It expresses in a simple, understandable and concrete way the problem to be solved. It gives meaning, ensures consistency between strategy and implementation and thus represents a key factor in the success of transformation projects.

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TRAINING

Controlling the complexity of systems and industrial projects on which you work within your industrial organizations is increasingly difficult. We propose a 3-day training to introduce you to systemic modeling and collaborative dynamics in order to help you better control the costs, quality and performance of the complex industrial systems that you design and manage.

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