Practitioners of systems engineering (SE) typically address projects related to the design, production, fielding and support of complex products. Use of the methodology in other settings has been limited. Yet, the methodology and rigor of systems engineering is applicable to projects far removed from those typical of product engineering. This presentation will describe the use of SE to facilitate the complex organizational restructuring of a a major corporation into two new business entities. A corporation is in essence a complex system of systems, comprised of diverse organizations, each performing its own set of essential functions, yet each critically dependent on numerous interfaces and data exchanges with the other corporate organizations and systems.
This talk will describe (1) The development, decomposition and validation of requirements for each new business entity (a very complex undertaking in and of itself); (2) the design and development of the new organizational structures; (3) identification and re-design of the IT systems necessary to support each business; (4) the implementation and verification of the processes and systems with specific attention to interfaces; (5) development, implementation and verification of the processes for cut over of the business and IT systems; and (6) the successful implementation and verification of the corporate restructuring. The presentation will also addresses the issues arising from engagement of non-engineering personnel in Human Resources, Contracts, Legal, Procurement, Pricing, Facilities, Finance, Communications, Business Development, and Corporate Shared Services, and the success achieved in getting their buy-in and active participation in the SE process.