Our mission is to aid clients in the cost effective, efficient, and safe use of digital computer technology and automation.
- Computerized systems cannot be viewed as isolated and independent software and hardware entities bolted together.
- Responsible deployment of computer systems and digital technology requires practical approaches adapted to specific contexts and environments. Project scheduling, resource allocation, tasks, and documentation need to be feasible, practical, and sufficient based upon the complexity, criticality, and mission of the system or technology.
- Unquestioned compliance to, reliance upon, or trust in, industry approved standards, certifications, or processes can result in valuable resources being directed to high-cost, low-value, activities and outputs. More importantly, process compliance does not, and cannot, guarantee Product Suitability or System Integrity - the bottom line characteristics.
- Product Suitability can only be assessed within a given context. Consider a controller which responds to detected faults by rebooting without operator intervention or notification. This design may be suitable on the Alaskan pipeline where equipment is inaccessible most of the year, but would not be suitable for batch processing or turbine control.
- System Integrity is the capability of an integrated system - software, hardware, communication links, equipment interfaces, human interactions, et cetera - to not only perform the intended system functions, but more importantly, to react to abnormal conditions and events in a manner that protects vital resources.
ProDesCon believes that Product Suitability and System Integrity can only be determined through technical reviews of integrated systems. Critical technical reviews of as-designed / as-proposed / as-built designs, documentation, and physical components provide a technical basis for:
- determining suitability and integrity,
- dentifying critical system parameters,
- revealing strengths, weaknesses and capabilities, and
- ensuring maintainability.
Critical technical reviews provide an objective and technically defensible basis for allocating valuable resources to high-value, cost-effective activities focused on system needs - not arbitrary proces requirements.