29 Feb analysis
1) The process of breaking apart or disassembling a thing, often abstract or intangible, for the intent of understanding it. In computing professions, analysis precedes (or should precede) design. The opposite of analysis is synthesis. Cybernetics is, by definition, synthetic.
2) The first phase in an automation project in which the business and technical requirements are gathered and formalized into a business systems analysis to serve as the basis for system design.