Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Special interest groups (SIGs) are professional communities defined around specific professional topics. They are mainly populated by industrial engineers from a broad variety of companies, but also some academics participate. download leaflet

  • System Architecture Forum (SAF)
  • System Architecture Study Group (SASG)
  • System Architect Circle (download leaflet)
  • System Performance (under construction)
  • System Integration and Test
  • Model Based Testing
  • Software Legacy

Sharing with peers for continuous improvement

Sharing know-how and expertise in an open innovation structure is a cornerstone of the ESI way of working. This approach leads to faster and more efficient build-up of knowledge and capabilities, with benefits to all parties. Currently ESI manages and facilitates the following Special Interest Groups.

System Architect Forum (SAF)

A platform focused on practical systems architecting and the application of architectural information and knowledge. The Forum meets twice a year on an invite-only basis. It is jointly organized by ESI, Buskerud University College and Stevens Institute of Technology.

System Architect Study Group (SASG)

The system architecture study group (SASG) is an active group of over 160 system architects from multiple companies. Members exchange their experiences during regular meetings on system/software architecture. Goal is to disseminate system/software architecture knowledge and best practices between the members, particularly for embedded systems and software or technology intensive systems, and to provide a platform for individual contacts between the members.

System Architect Circle – human touch in a high-tech setting

Bringing together a group of 8-12 experienced system architects from different companies in a closed and informal setting. Goal is to learn from each other by focusing on personal challenges and dilemmas related to daily work. The System Architect Circle is organized on a yearly basis and consists of an individual intake, joint kick -off and four 24-hour sessions organized in an inspirational environment.

System Integration & Test

An active group of around 20 senior experts and managers in the field of system integration & test. The group meets five times a year at one of the participating companies. Participating companies are all OEM’s. Trends, developments, challenges and solutions are shared and discussed in a casual manner. Model Based Testing The discipline of model-based testing (MBT), has been around for some time. By connecting the network and sharing good practices with each other ESI strengthens the discipline of MBT and creates insight in future needs. Target group are professionals that are hands-on MBT practitioners or who are exploring the possibilities of Model-Based Testing in their work.

SW legacy

Over the years, companies have gained new insights in dealing with legacy software. These insights are often implicit and hard to transfer to others. By sharing and reflection in a structured way, the participating companies learn from each other and accelerate improvement activities.

ESI-Fraunhofer network exchange

Industrial and academic partners from both ESI and Fraunhofer IESE visit each other twice a year on an invitation basis to strengthen relationships across borders.

Target group

Special Interest Groups are aimed at professionals interested in what is happening at other organisations, and who are willing to share their experiences and challenges. To maximize sharing, participation of competitors and commercially motivated presentations are avoided.

Experiences from participants

Paul Derckx, Director MR System Verification, Philips “Integration & verification are important activities in our R&D projects. The Special Interest Group on System & Software Testing offers us a platform to exchange knowledge and experience with peers from the high-tech industry in The Netherlands. Discussions around themes (selected by participants) combined with company visits allows us to benchmark ourselves with other companies. New ideas and trends in Integration & Verification are being discussed. By using intervision techniques we try to help each other to solve the challenges and possible problems that we face. In short; a setting that helps us in our ‘continuous improvement journey’”.  

Bas Middelbos, Print System Architect, Océ Technologies “Sharing and discussing dilemmas with other system architects from different companies has helped me a lot. It created a broader perspective on some of the most difficult aspects of my work. The 24h format is not only practical and fun but leads to a better relationship between the participants. This high level of trust is essential to get to the core of things.”

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“Passionate about competence development and innovative learning concepts in high-tech industry.”