, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 313-327
Date: 20 Sep 2007

Autonomic system design based on the integrated use of SSM and VSM

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This paper describes an approach to autonomic systems development that involves the integrated use of two general systems design techniques: Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) and the Viable System Model (VSM). The paper summarizes the relevant aspects of each technique and describes how they can be used together to create design models of an autonomic system and its environment. The discussion is illustrated through a consideration of the development of a generic computing system to help manage the technology used in an organisation.