Coding, Simulation, & Modeling

Computing

Computer Coding/Programming:

Computer programming is the process of writing instructions that get executed by computers. The instructions, also known as code, are written in a programming language which the computer can understand and use to perform a task or solve a problem.

Basic computer programming involves the analysis of a problem and development of a logical sequence of instructions to solve it. There can be numerous paths to a solution and the computer programmer seeks to design and code that which is most efficient. Among the programmer’s tasks are understanding requirements, determining the right programming language to use, designing or architecture the solution, coding, testing, debugging and writing documentation so that the solution can be easily understood by other programmers.

Computer programming is at the heart of computer science. It is the implementation portion of software development, application development and software engineering efforts, transforming ideas and theories into actual, working solutions.

 

Computer Simulation/Modeling:

Computer simulation modeling is a discipline gaining popularity in both government and industry.  Computer simulation modeling can assist in the design, creation, and evaluation of complex systems.

It can model a real or proposed system using computer software and is useful when changes to the actual system are difficult to implement, involve high costs, or are impractical. Some examples of computer simulation modeling familiar to most of us include:  weather forecasting, flight simulators used for training pilots, and car crash modeling.

Supply Chain Management

Logistical Operator

In commerce, supply chain management (SCM), the management of the flow of goods and services, involves the movement and storage of raw materials, of work-in-process inventory, and of finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption.

 

Interconnected or interlinked networks, channels and node businesses combine in the provision of products and services required by end customers in a supply chain. Supply-chain management has been defined as the "design, planning, execution, control, and monitoring of supply chain activities with the objective of creating net value, building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging worldwide logistics, synchronizing supply with demand and measuring performance globally."

Project & Program Management

Keeping On Track

Before we discuss the similarities and differences between the two roles, it’s crucial to understand what separates projects from programs.

Projects are temporary, one-off undertakings. They are generally bound by cost, resource, budget, and time constraints. Projects have clear end dates and short-term goals that give way to tangible outcomes or deliverables.

Programs are composed of several underlying, interconnected projects.

 

These projects complement and build off one another to achieve a larger, long-term business objective.

 

A successful program drives strategic benefits and organizational growth, rather than a single, tangible deliverable.

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