As early as 2012, the consulting firm McKinsey&Co determined that “half of all large IT projects massively overblow their budget”. This finding, consistent across industries, also threatens big science projects in general, and their control-system integration programmes specifically. Our company has been an external contributor to integrating control systems for large scientific installations and sites worldwide for almost twenty years. I am going to describe what methodology we usually use as the most effective in control-system projects.
EPICS Control System Upgrade for PANDA
“Never change a running system!” is a piece of wisdom that is as true as it is incomplete, because one can equally add: “But don’t forget to c...