The Role of Systems Engineering in the Development of Information Systems

The Role of Systems Engineering in the Development of Information Systems

Miroljub Kljajic (University of Maribor, Slovenia) and John V. Farr (Stevens Institute of Technology, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jitsa.2008010104
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Abstract

In this article, the inter-relationship between information systems (IS), systems engineering (SE), and information system development (ISD) is discussed from past, present, and future perspectives. While SE is relatively a well-established discipline based upon an interdisciplinary approach to enable the realization of successful systems, ISD has evolved to a variant of SE applied mainly for the development of IS. Given the growth in complexity and cost and schedule over-runs associated with software centric systems, well-established methodologies are needed for the development of good IS. Similarities and differences of methodology as well as their evolution and perspectives are also presented herein. We found a positive trend in the evolution of research methodology in SE and its use in IS towards a system’s approach as a holistic methodology.

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