The Center for Governance of Technology and Systems's William Lucyshyn, in conjunction with Peter Sandborn and Shao-Peng Chen from the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering recently published an article entitled Analysis of the life-cycle cost and capability trade-offs associated with the procurement and sustainment of open systems, in the International Journal Product of Lifecycle Management.
The article is based on the results of research funded by the Naval Postgraduate School to examine the value of implementing an open systems architecture. System openness refers to the extent to which components can be independently integrated, removed, or replaced without adverse impact on the existing system. Although this seems like a good idea, quantifying the actual benefits in a meaningful way remains elusive. This research developed a model that quantifies the relationship between system openness, life-cycle cost, and system capability risks.