Architectures for Evolving System of Systems in Complex Environments

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Springer
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Building Sustainable Information Systems, 2013, pp. 193 - 204
Issue Date:
2013-01
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Design methods for managing a system of systems go beyond optimizing one system but must provide ways to sustain relationships between systems in com-plex environments. Design methods must provide holistic solutions by creating an architecture to enable systems work together towards a vision that encompasses a wider goal in complex environment. Complex environments place a number of new requirements on system architectures. They are characterized by continuous emergence, the need to maintain system integration as systems change and support creativity and innovation. What is needed are design methods emphasize flexibility at the business level. Flexibility in this case refers to ways that systems can adapt to change while maintaining collaboration between systems. This paper describes ways of using living systems theory as a guideline for an architectural framework for a system of systems. The paper shows how the architecture pro-vides a structure to dynamically create collaborative environments for systems and how the architecture evolves and suggest structures needed to maintain sustainable collaboration. This paper shows how the architecture can be used to support continuous adaption to changing requirements and identifies ways in which living systems theory can be used to provide guidelines for emergence.
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