Remembering ICAM and a Lost SDLC Opportunity

It was in the 70’s when the Air Force developed the concept of Integrated Computer-Aided Manufacturing (ICAM). Technocrats concluded that building software to support complex manufacturing required software with some means of representing the meaning connected to software elements. Thus was born¬†Integration DEFinition for Information Modeling¬†(IDEF1X).

Fast forward decades of software engineering. Today most software is constructed with an ad doc relationship to domain meaning — that is, without a semantic data model.

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