Sensors and Submarines

By Kevin Fogarty  |  Posted 2006-05-29 Print this article Print

Sensors and Submarines

The right IT systems are vital to making a logistics and sustainment business work, especially when the plan is to sell reliability and increased uptime as primary benefits.

But its not reasonable or politically possible to make five major company divisions or dozens of individual product groups use a set of applications that might not satisfy any of their needs completely.

So, Grosson said, Lockheed Martin is developing a set of data storage and reporting frameworks that can keep track of products in the field and get service or supplies to the military as needed.

"We figured what we needed to do was architect a service-oriented architecture for a generic PBL [performance-based logistics service plan]," Grosson said. "So we basically funded different lines of business and staff to identify and bring into the development center those core strategies so we could demo the best and the core solutions."

The resulting architectures will use standard protocols and systems that are as open as possible to one another, though equipped with the required level of encryption and security. "We are lighting the way, without being directive. If a program has a contract, they have a customer; they have plans that are different; they can do what they want to do," Grosson said. "But we can keep them from starting from ground zero and spending tens of millions of dollars to start up."

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