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Systems integration and build SINT


Planning, implementing and controlling activities to synthesise system components to create operational systems, products or services.

Guidance notes


The scope of integration includes system elements, subsystems and interfaces including computing, storage, networking and cloud services.

Systems integration is used to create systems for testing purposes as well as for operational use by customers and users.

Activities may include — but are not limited to:

  • developing organisational capabilities, processes and procedures for automation and continuous integration of build, packaging, testing, security and deployment
  • building and operating a continuous integration (CI) capability when required employing version control of source code and related artefacts
  • ensuring security and privacy requirements are an essential part of systems integration and build
  • testing, validation and sign off of integration to satisfy requirements, architectures and design
  • monitoring and controlling integration activities and recording and reporting on the results of integration
  • keeping stakeholders informed and providing feedback into risk management processes
  • developing and testing disaster recovery plans and applying incident management processes for major systems integrations.

Systems integration and build: Level 2


Produces software builds from software source code.

Conducts tests as defined in an integration test specification and records the details of any failures.

Analyses and reports on integration test activities and results.

Identifies and reports issues and risks.

Systems integration and build: Level 3


Defines the software modules needed for an integration build and produces a build definition for each generation of the software.

Accepts completed software modules, ensuring that they meet defined criteria. Produces software builds from software source code for loading onto target hardware.

Configures the hardware and software environment as required by the system being integrated. Produces integration test specifications, conducts tests and records and reports on outcomes.

Diagnoses faults and records and reports on the results of tests. Produces system integration reports.

Systems integration and build: Level 4


Provides technical expertise to enable the configuration of system components and equipment for systems testing.

Collaborates with technical teams to develop and agree system integration plans and report on progress. Defines complex/new integration builds. Ensures that integration test environments are correctly configured.

Designs, performs and reports results of tests of the integration build. Identifies and documents system integration components for recording in the configuration management system.

Recommends and implements improvements to processes and tools.

Systems integration and build: Level 5


Plans and drives activities to develop organisational systems integration and build capabilities including automation and continuous integration.

Identifies, evaluates and manages the adoption of tools, techniques and processes to create a robust integration framework. Provides authoritative advice and guidance on any aspect of systems integration.

Leads integration work in line with the agreed system and service design. Assesses risks and takes preventative action. Measures and monitors applications of standards.

Contributes to the development of organisational policies, standards, and guidelines for systems integration.

Systems integration and build: Level 6


Leads the development of organisational systems integration and build capabilities including automation and continuous integration.

Develops organisational policies, standards, and guidelines for systems integration and build.

Provides resources to ensure systems integration and build can operate effectively and ensures adoption and adherence to policies and standards.