Why create systems

A system is a set of interacting or interdependent parts forming a unified whole.
A system is an organized set of ideas or principles intended to explain the arrangement or working of a systematic whole.
A system is an organized or established procedure or method to achieve an end.
A system is a harmonious arrangement to create order.

The parts and processes of a systems are connected by structural and behavioral relationships. The parts or components are directly or indirectly related to each other and the processes fulfill its function and purpose.

Systems analysis

A process of studying an activity as a procedure, a business, or a physiological function in order to define its goals or purposes and to discover operations and procedures for accomplishing them more efficiently.

Systems design

Enterprise as a system
Information systems for enterprise decision making
Communication systems for enterprise management

Enterprise interests

Increase return on investment, highest probability, greatest urgency, greatest opportunity, greatest ease, timeliness of opportunity, lifetime of the opportunity

Organizing systems
Control systems
Social systems
Social agreement, social benefit, social cost

The role of communication systems

Management information systems are communication systems with intent. We create management information systems to find out what is happening, – what isn’t working, what is working, what is trending, what is happening, what we could do, what we should do, what we need to do.

Communication systems are feedback control systems communicating information on observed behaviour to make decisions on what we could do and how and what it could contribute to our interests.

I designed, developed, and implemented a preventive maintenance system and a quality control system for the Hoover Company and designed, developed, and implemented a computerized crop forecasting, fruit processing, inventory management, and marketing system for the British Columbia Tree Fruit Growers Cooperative. These were all communication systems.

The system for the British Columbia Tree Fruit Industry was designed to maximize the profit for the growers and minimize costs and waste. Everyone got the information they needed to make decisions in their interests and in the interests of maximizing the returns to the growers. In preventive maintenance and quality control systems the analysis and decision making of what to do with the information was designed to reduce the risk of the loss and the cost of  known and unknown possibilities when and if the equipment and systems broke down.

BC Tree Fruits – Communication systems and community enterprise