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Architecting the Industrial Internet by Carla Romano, Robert Stackowiak, Shyam Nath

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Use cases versus case studies

Often, use cases and case studies are interchangeably used to describe how users interact with the system to achieve a specific business outcome. This is an incorrect use of these terms.

What is a use case? A use case describes a scenario where a specific problem can be solved by a combination of products and services to reach a defined goal. Use cases often explain exactly how a solution is applied to obtain the desired outcome.

In an emerging area, a use case can help one understand and visualize how technology and related solutions can be applied to solve real-world problems. Technical descriptions, including features and functions, are often too abstract and do not explain how the technology is useful. Too ...

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