Systems Engineering

Products are more and more complex and interconnected. With the uprising of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the opportunities given by the digitalisation of the Product Life Cycle, aka. Digital Transformation and Digital Twin, addressing better ways is becoming ever more important.

To address this we need an intuitive, lean way which fosters reuse. Furthermore, our approach Serenity is based on a seamless Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). This breaking with today’s status quo and is our way to answer this challenge .In addition, the trend of software taking over more and more functionalities from what used to be implemented with hardware or mechanics, due its intrinsic advantage of “no” maintenance costs, needs a more holistic view on product development, resp. life cycle or systems engineering approach. On the other hand, this trend brings even higher complexity which needs to be handled.


Embracing the Digital Twin with Model Based Systems Engineering

Wiki defines Systems Engineering as the interdisciplinary field of engineering that focuses on how to design and manage complex engineering projects over their life cycles. Another definition from Derek Hitchins, Prof. of Systems Engineering and former president of INCOSE defines Systems Engineering as “The art and science of creating optimal solution systems to complex issues and problems”. For us at EVOCEAN both definitions have their value and message. On the one side, the traditional usage of Systems Engineering such as in the aircraft, ships or trains industry are reaching out to many more fields and are underlaid by high dynamics in the market. This trend is further pushed by fast changing market forces and global competition. One of the major challenges remains to connect the engineering disciplines in a better way with the aim to:

  • improve coordination of processes and data from multiple engineering disciplines
  • streamline development of innovative products and systems
  • prove compliance to regulations and standards
  • achieve quality that grows your business and protects your brand
  • address needs of specific industries
  • find ways to validate earlier on in the product development lifecycle (shift left)
  • find ways for multidisciplinary, heterogenous co-simulation helping to reach the Digital Twin
  • helping organisation developing complex systems to prosper in the digital age

At EVOCEAN, we have developed Serenity to address these challenges. Serenity is a model driven process framework supporting MBSE with a seamless data flow model, and focuses on improving systems development. Further, Serenity includes a common language to communicate more effectively and coherently to speed up product and systems development and innovation enabling prosperous organizations.



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This white paper introduces practice stages to path the way in Systems Engineering. It gives a back ground for understanding the structure and behavior of complex systems and how this helps in transforming your development towards the Digital Twin - harvesting benefits from early validation.

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EVOCEAN’s unique model-based Systems Engineering framework is called Serenity®. Focusing on improving Systems Engineering, Serenity® includes a common language to communicate and share more effectively and coherently. In combination with an inherent high re-usability, it helps speeding up development considerably, enabling innovative and prosperous organizations.

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Principles, Techniques and Success Factors

20 Nov - 22 Nov

IBM Rhapsody with SysML for MBSE

Tool Training

Hamburg @ OOSE

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MBSE – SysML with Cameo Systems Modeler

On-Line Tool Training

On-line or on-site

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6 Jul - 13 Jul

IBM Harmony Training for Systems Engineering Practitioners

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Customers about our services

SIX Financial Information Ltd

„The EVOCEAN continuous improvement method stabilized our processes and had a positive influence on the quality and on the satisfaction of the employees. I would recommend to use this approach at any time. Continuous improvement must become a part of everyday work."

Michael K. Steinhöfel-Cordova

Head of Quality Management

Bernina International AG

„Thanks to the models we can visualise new functions and dependencies. A picture says more than a 1'000 words and the graphically modelled abstraction makes life much easier for us developers. At the same time, the automatic code generation based on the models takes over a substantial part of our work!“

Giovanni Annunzio

System Architect

Phonak Communication AG

„Model Driven Development with Rational Rhapsody® was a critical success factor for developing inspiro within the required schedule and market needs. Thanks to EVOCEAN's support, we were able to implement the tool quickly and apply the methodology effectively."

Rainer Platz

Head of R&D

MCS Engineering AG

"It is very easy to set up and run a Perforce Helix Core proxy server for working with geographically dispersed teams. Downloading data is also very easy. We were amazed at how much time we saved."

Eric Gutmann

Project Leader


"Ein grosses Lob an den sehr motivierten Trainer. Der Trainingsinhalt wird sehr kurzweilig und auch unterhaltsam vermittelt. Methodisch sehr gut war auch die jeweiligen Trainingstage am Ende nochmals Revue passieren zu lassen. Frank Braun konnte auch jede Frage beantworten und hat auch versucht, sofern der zeitliche Rahmes es erlaubte, auf angesprochenen Themen einzugehen."


Systems Engineer

Mettler Toledo AG

„Now the advantages of our solid foundation work will have a large impact. A model is easy to adapt and maintain and new functions can be integrated very fast. In combination with the automatic code generation and testing we now will be strikingly faster… with a consistent high quality. Today we save time and money – not least thanks to IBM Rational Rhapsody!"

Wolfgang Boos

Head of Software

Perforce Helix Customer sold to global leading company.

"Perforce Helix Core fully meets our expectations. We have a solution from one source on which we can rely."

Head of Product Development

Schindler Elevator Ltd.

„Seamless integration of the development environment is one of our critical success criteria. Model Driven Development with Rational Rhapsody®allows us to generate the code for the target platform direct from the UML model. Integrating the debugger saves us enormous amounts of time in developing complex, embedded real-time applications. Thanks to EVOCEAN's support, today we can use this tool efficiently."

Juan Carlos Abad

Project Manager

Bernina International AG

„The architecture must be set up in the right way and in conformity with the requirements of model driven development – right from the beginning! I strongly recommend to seek for the support of an external, experienced Rhapsody specialist as for example supplied by EVOCEAN and to model the architecture together.“

Giovanni Annunzio

System Architect

Schmidhauser AG

"A picture is worth a thousand words. Thanks to Rational Rhapsody® models, we can discuss new functionalities much better with our customers – even without knowledge of the code."

Peter Bode

Project Manager Mobile Drives

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Model Driven Development

Ever increasing user requirements and continuously evolving technologies are shaping today’s competitive environment. More and more functions must be integrated into software and microelectronics. The result is increasingly complex requirements and tasks for engineering. The efficient development of new products is the critical success factor. That’s why more and more companies are relying on Model Driven Development (MDD) and executable models.

Expert Workshops and Trainings

Applying methodology and tools successfully correlates highly with the training the user has completed. This includes first of all goal-oriented training and Workshops in applying the appropriate methodology and using the tools. Complementary to this also guided help applying the tools in realtime, ideally integrated into the tools can achieve this. The other aspect, equally important, is the exchange of experience, as well practical know-how and lessons learned related to implementing the knowledge into everyday situations.

Continuous Improvement

Our claim is to support our customers in their endeavors remaining lean, agile and compliant. We build our services on consultants with broad experience and holistic views. Combined with a network of specialists to find effective and sustainable solutions working hand in hand with our customers.

IBM Rhapsody Competence Center

EVOCEAN is the partner of IBM Watson IoT – Engineering Lifecycle Management Solutions and as such your contact for all issues concerning visual modeling environments with IBM Rhapsody. As an official IBM Rhapsody competence center, we have access to comprehensive technical knowledge, many years of experience, and an extensive assortment of services in the area of IBM Rhapsody, Model Driven Engineering and Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). As a result, we help you in challenging the complexity and increasing your agility.

Modeling – a fundamental part of engineering

Models have become essential for understanding the structure and behavior of complex systems. Modeling helps in simulation and early validation and is a fundamental part of engineering. It is an effective way to manage the complexity of system and software development, enabling communication, design and assessment of requirements, architectures, systems and software. That’s why the industry is moving towards Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). However, there is more to MBSE: executable models leading to Model Driven Systems Engineering (MDSE).

MDSE leverages graphical models and pre-built application components so that users not only can visually construct but also virtually interact with the system and test their complex systems through executable graphical models. As such, the models not only contribute to a better understanding of structure and behavior, but also help understand the system more clearly earlier on in the development phase. As a result, models increase the ability to improve and validate ideas and concepts as early as possible in the process when it costs less to adapt.

An effective approach to drive the challenging tasks of improving Systems Engineering in a structured way is the Systems Development Taxonomy. This classification has been established based on many different domains, projects and customers. It determines seven practice stages and also helps in laying out a path for the incremental adoption of MDSE within an organization.

Serenity - a cutting edge Systems Engineering Approach

At EVOCEAN, we have established a model driven process framework called Serenity, focusing on improving systems development. Serenity includes a common language to communicate more effectively and coherently to speed up product and systems development and innovation enabling prosperous organizations.

Serenity is not just a technical approach to improve the working processes in Systems Engineering. It is a proven and innovative method which positively affects the entire organization and paths the way to benefit from digital twins. By enhancing multi-disciplinary interactions and collaboration, it contributes to cope with the constant changes within the own ecosystem as well as in the business environment and supports the transformation towards a lean and more collaborative organization.

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