It's amazing the number of times we encounter the terms "solutions" and "systems". And what do people mean when they talk about "integrated systems"? The whole thing has me very confused. When I was in school, my math teacher only asked us for the solution to the problem. She never asked us to provide an integrated solution.
I searched Google today looking for some help and this is what I got:
What does this tell us about these terms? What is the relationship of a system to a solution? And if I integrate them, what does that do for me?
When I talk about "systems" I mean a collection of products and services that would be used in conjunction with diesel and gas gensets. A system may include a combination of paralleling switchgear, ATS, and UPS. That said – an integrated system would be a technical or physical integration of two or more of those product elements.
So, what do I mean when I talk about "solutions"? Simply put, a solution is whatever solves my customer's problem(s). To some, a solution could be a genset that starts and goes on-line to support a critical load in 10 seconds. For others it could be the construction of a complete power plant. The ‘solution is in the eye of the beholder' (customer).
This is how I think about systems, solutions, and integration – what do these terms mean to you?