Amisa - The Problem

Manufacturing industries, system products and customer services provide value through their ability to fulfill stakeholders‘ needs and wants. These needs evolve over time and may diverge from an original system‘s capabilities. Thus, a system‘s value to its stakeholders diminishes over time. Some reasons for this decrease include growth in stakeholder wants and technological opportunities, which make an existing system seem inadequate.

Other reasons are growth in a system‘s maintenance costs, due to effects such as depreciation and component obsolescence. Still other reasons are changes in the environment, for example new rules and regulations and so forth. As a result, systems have to be periodically upgraded at substantial cost and disruption. Since complete replacement costs are often prohibitive, system adaptability is a valuable characteristic. Current concepts, methods and tools for architecting systems (emanating from engineering disciplines) lack vital business and economic considerations. As a result, most system architectures are not easily adaptable to evolving manufacturing needs and product variants. This gap hinders the European industry from delivering updated products/services quickly and cost-effectively, prevents optimal manufacturing performance, and threatens Europe‘s leading world position. In summary, increasing a system‘s lifetime value requires improved methods of architecting it. The problem is therefore: How can adaptability be designed into systems so that they will provide maximum value to stakeholders throughout their lifetime?