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Systems Architecting

A Business Perspective, 1st Edition

By Gerrit Muller

CRC Press

268 pages | 418 B/W Illus.

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Derived from industry-training classes that the author teaches at the Embedded Systems Institute at Eindhoven, the Netherlands and at Buskerud University College at Kongsberg in Norway, Systems Architecting: A Business Perspective places the processes of systems architecting in a broader context by juxtaposing the relationship of the systems architect with enterprise and management. This practical, scenario-driven guide fills an important gap, providing systems architects insight into the business processes, and especially into the processes to which they actively contribute.

The book uses a simple reference model to enable understanding of the inside of a system in relation to its context. It covers the impact of tool selection and brings balance to the application of the intellectual tools versus computer-aided tools. Stressing the importance of a clear strategy, the authors discuss methods and techniques that facilitate the architect’s contribution to the strategy process. They also give insight into the needs and complications of harvesting synergy, insight that will help establish an effective synergy-harvesting strategy. The book also explores the often difficult relationship between managers and systems architects.

Written in an approachable style, the book discusses the breadth of the human sciences and their relevance to systems architecting. It highlights the relevance of human aspects to systems architects, linking theory to practical experience when developing systems architecting competence.

Table of Contents

Process and Organization

Process Decomposition of a Business

Intermezzo: What Is a Process?

Product Creation Process

Intermezzo: The Importance of Feedback

The Systems Architecting Process

Intermezzo: Products, Projects, Services

Role and Task of the Systems Architect

The Awakening of a Systems Architect

Intermezzo: Systems Titles and Roles

The Role and Task of the Systems Architect

Intermezzo: Dynamic Range of Abstraction Levels in Architecting

Architecting Interaction Styles

From Customer Understanding to Requirements

CAFCR+: A Model to Relate Customer Needs to System Realization

Fundamentals of Requirements

Key Driver How to

Requirements Elicitation and Selection

Systems Architect Methods and Means

Intermezzo: The Toolbox of the Systems Architect

Basic Working Methods of an Architect

Story How to


Intermezzo: Business Strategy–Methods, and Models


Intermezzo: Change Management–Introducing Systems Architecting Aspects

Market Product Life-Cycle Consequences for Architecting

Harvesting Synergy, Product Families

Product Families and Generic Aspects

A Method to Explore Synergy between Products

Supporting Processes

Systems Architects and Supporting Processes

Granularity of Documentation

Intermezzo: LEAN and A3 Approach to Supporting Processes

Systems and Software

The Role of Software in Systems

System Integration: How

Boardroom Presentation

Intermezzo: Architect versus Manager; the Tense Relation

How to Present Architecture Issues to Higher Management

Human Side

The Human Side of Architecting

Function Profiles: The Sheep with Seven Legs

Interpersonal Skills


Reflection and Wrap-Up

Reflection Applied on Systems Architecting



Pictorial Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
COMPUTERS / Systems Architecture / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)