Delivering complex systems requires that you develop optimal designs on time, within budget and with the right level of quality. But even the best detailed design cannot compensate for poor system architecture. Systems engineering isn’t just a technical activity in the product lifecycle—it determines the commercial viability of the entire project. It’s also a demanding activity that takes place when there are many degrees of freedom. How do you ensure that you have assessed all the options—and picked the best? This white paper looks at a number of key techniques to optimize the systems engineering process and help ensure project success. It examines the business benefits the techniques can provide and looks at IBM Rational® solutions that are available to support the techniques.