What is it about?

Defense organizations, unlike classical organizations, have several states of functioning, and the transition from one state to another is determined by events. Each state has its own business technology, as a set of business processes. The information system that supports business processes is therefore more complex in defense organizations. This paper provides a proposal for the assessment of the complexity of the information systems of defense organizations, as an upgrade to the assessment of the complexity of the information systems of classical organizations.

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Why is it important?

The assessment of information system (IS) complexity is essential for estimating the amount of work needed for software application development as well as for selecting the appropriate IS development methods. Genetic taxonomy of IS does not only enable IS classification according to characteristics of organizational processes supported by the observed IS, but it also provides grounding for the assessment of IS complexity according to characteristics of processes performed within the organization. The more complex the organization, the more important is the assessment of the complexity of its information system. This leads us to the importance of assessing the complexity of information systems for defense organizations.


This article was created as a result of the participation of me and my colleagues in a series of information systems development projects. Experience and the constant need to use scientific methods in practice, as well as the time I spent working in the defense system, resulted in the method of assessing the complexity of defense information systems, which is proposed. I hope the readers will find it interesting.

Zeljko Dobrovic
Defense and Security University Zagreb

The Assessment of Defense Information Systems Complexity described in this paper is intended to be a contribution to the understanding of defense systems’ response to changes in dynamic ecosystems, by adding to existing Genetic Taxonomy Approach through addressing dynamics of states defense systems operate in.

Katarina Tomičić-Pupek
Faculty of Organization and Informatics, University of Zagreb

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This page is a summary of: The assessment of defense information systems complexity: An addition to genetic taxonomy approach, Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems, August 2022, IOS Press,
DOI: 10.3233/jifs-220370.
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