Open Systems Architecting: Introduction to Open Systems Architecting Solutions for Decision Makers

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Open Systems Architecting: Introduction to Open Systems Architecting Solutions for Decision Makers

Course Description

Many of today’s military acquisitions are complex systems that depend on the latest advances in embedded computing, networking, and information technology. As required mission capability and technological advances increase at a faster pace, there is added emphasis on interoperability, portability, and scalability to field systems that meet warfighters’ needs. Step in: Open Systems Architecting. Open Architectures (OA) are published technical standards for both hardware and software that support modular designs. This introductory class will focus on current and existing OA approaches while highlighting the benefits and challenges of implementing OA for specific applications from both a technical and non-technical perspective. In addition, the course will provide the necessary context to address such challenges as data rights, cybersecurity, and monitoring and assessing an OA implementation.

Course Content


  • Introduction
  • Current OA initiatives
  • Considerations for applying an open systems approach
  • Tools for monitoring and assessing an OA implementation
Requirements & Materials
Important Information

This course requires completion of an access eligibility form. Please make sure you read the Course Restrictions section below before registering for this course. 

Course Restrictions

This course is restricted to US citizens who are industrial and/or government employees and complete the Access Eligibility Form. Eligibility questions should be directed to 404-407-6661. Attendees must fax the Access Eligibility Form to 404-407-8691 or

Session Details

  • Special Discounts: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees are eligible to receive a discount.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to the Organizational Development website and look for the coupon code under GT Professional Development. Review coupon instructions for more information.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for executive and mid-level managers as well as technicians and engineers.

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What You Will Learn

  • An introduction to the OA concept and its importance in meeting the critical challenges in systems design and acquisition
  • OA software and hardware initiatives
  • The correct level of openness for different problem applications
  • Data rights, cybersecurity, and vendor proprietary concerns
  • The role of standards, specifications, compliance, and conformance
  • Strategies and tools to address integration and procurement concerns
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How You Will Benefit

  • Reduce acquisition cycle time and lifecycle costs, facilitating rapid insertion of new hardware and software technologies, and mitigating the risks associated with diminishing manufacturing sources.
  • Determine the extent to which an OA approach should be adopted for your particular problem application.
  • Be able to formulate an OA strategy that includes both integration and procurement.
  • Understand the requirements for creating tools to monitor and assess an OA implementation.
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

- Abe Kani


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