System Design: A General Explanation

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Systems design is the process of defining the architecture, components, modules, interfaces, and data for a system to satisfy specified requirements. One could see it as the application of systems theory to product development. There is some overlap with the disciplines of systems analysis, systems architecture and systems engineering. If the broader topic of product development "blends the perspective of marketing, design, and manufacturing into a single approach to product development," then design is the act of taking the marketing information and creating the design of the product to be manufactured. Systems design is therefore the process of defining and developing systems to satisfy specified requirements of the user. Until the 1990s systems design had a crucial and respected role in the data processing industry. In the 1990s standardization of hardware and software resulted in the ability to build modular systems. The increasing importance of software running on generic platforms has enhanced the discipline of software engineering.

Object-oriented analysis and design methods are becoming the most widely used methods for computer systems design. The UML has become the standard language in object-oriented analysis and design.[citation needed] It is widely used for modeling software systems and is increasingly used for high designing non-software systems and organizations.

System Design: Is It A Lost Art

As an engineer you know that the way to solve a large problem is to break it down into smaller problems. As we break this down we eventually come to a problem that can be solved in and of itself. Any software, database or program works on this fundamental principle and anyone designing these things that does not take this approach should be politely asked to find another profession. Designing a system requires that someone think about the right way to decompose the functionality, and how to create a small set of abstractions that can be re-used and re-combined to provide the needed functionality. The notion that anything that shows some kind of design is therefore the result of some conscious activity of design is a confusion that is based on an ambiguity in the term "design." On one sense of the word, design is a property of some object such as a program, a system, or the like that merely indicates that there are parts that interact. On another sense of the word, design indicates the activity of determining what the parts of some larger whole should be, and how those parts will fit together. While anything that is the result of the activity of design will itself have a design, it does not follow that anything that has the property of a design is therefore the result of the activity of design. Modern day developers and system design experts seem to have forgotten this basic principle.

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In computer, software and database design,one of the best indications that a program is the result of the activity of design is the existence of a document that describes that design, especially if the document was written before the program. But all too often we must discover the design by inspecting the code. Sometimes the design that is discovered shows all the hallmarks of a thoughtful design activity, but there are other times that the discovered design shows a haphazard combination of various abstractions, duplication of functionality in slightly different forms, and inconsistencies in the way in which abstractions were selected, implemented, and used. Such discovered designs show either the absence of any design activity prior to the construction of the program, or that what design activity did occur prior to the writing of the program was, to speak plainly, not very good.

Do not let this happen to you. Be specific when dealing with design consultants and make sure they have no pre-conceived notions about what you need, not only right now but long into the future.

Current industry trends are very different. Where there used to be many computer companies, there are now far fewer. The number of operating systems has been reduced to two, with the choices being Windows or one of the Unix variants. Customers almost never purchase custom software systems, built from the ground up from specifications hammered out in discussions between the software engineers and the customers themselves. Instead, most custom software is written to allow the connection of existing systems, or the continuation of those systems on new hardware or in new environments. The production of this kind of software comes not from small companies that specialize in doing system design but rather from either the consulting services of existing companies or specialized consultancies, and is generally constrained to the existing environments in such a way that the design freedom of the creator of the software is tightly constrained.

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