Transformation of Test and Evaluation: The Natural Consequences of Model-Based Engineering and Modular Open Systems Architecture
Guertin, Nickolas H.
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This paper examines the technologies and architecture patterns that are transforming software-intensive systems and the Internet of Things (IoT) that are currently being designed and implemented. The use of these practices should create an ensuing transformational shift in the relationships between the Test and Evaluation (T&E), development, and operational communities. Based on the findings of this research, a set of practices for a coordinated set of hardware, software, functional, and data architecture patterns and testing strategies is presented. This paper will show how these need to be applied via a data architecture that defines the declared test points between modular components in software intensive systems. This will support affordable and rapid integration of innovation through a business model that uses small-scale component replacement. This research ends with an assertion that, when the right architectural elements are standardized, regular incremental improvement is both affordable and effectively applied throughout system development.