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Systems integration.

Authors
  • Siemieniuch, C E
  • Sinclair, M A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Applied Ergonomics
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2006
Volume
37
Issue
1
Pages
91–110
Identifiers
PMID: 16150416
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The paper presents a view of systems integration, from an ergonomics/human factors perspective, emphasising the process of systems integration as is carried out by humans. The first section discusses some of the fundamental issues in systems integration, such as the significance of systems boundaries, systems lifecycle and systems entropy, issues arising from complexity, the implications of systems immortality, and so on. The next section outlines various generic processes for executing systems integration, to act as guides for practitioners. These address both the design of the system to be integrated and the preparation of the wider system in which the integration will occur. Then the next section outlines some of the human-specific issues that would need to be addressed in such processes; for example, indeterminacy and incompleteness, the prediction of human reliability, workload issues, extended situation awareness, and knowledge lifecycle management. For all of these, suggestions and further readings are proposed. Finally, the conclusions section reiterates in condensed form the major issues arising from the above.

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