Presentation on theme: "Just Use COTS – Promises, Promises?"— Presentation transcript:
1 Just Use COTS – Promises, Promises? The NaturalDynamicsof SituationalAwarenessGiving Situational Awareness to the Front-LineJust Use COTS – Promises, Promises?Pat Tyrrell
2 Today’s Text is........ Are we wise – or foolish? “Rules are made for the guidance of wise men and the slavish adherents of fools.”Are we wise – or foolish?
3 The Operational Dilemma Successful operational commanders:PattenNelsonNapoleonZukovThey tend to be mavericks, unconventional, unexpected and innovative. They bring strategic uncertainty to the enemy!
4 The Operational Dilemma We are beloved of:standards,commercial-of-the-shelf,low risk solutions,Low cost productsProcess driven methods.These have their place but be careful of making them the key factor!
5 The Operational Dilemma We need a balance that recognises the different environment in the front line.Need systems that can give us innovative and radical solutions to solve operational problems.If we mandate “systems” we will get sclerosis and an inability to be agile where and when we need to be.SOA and SofS can help – but never lose sight of the operational requirement.
6 Innovation in Situational Awareness Low Bandwidth ChallengesLarge Heterogeneous Data SetsIntermittent connectivitySecurityComplex Legacy Integration RequirementsThey want the Internet!Browser/Google
7 Remember the Requirement ......... We must be committed to: Delivering knowledge, where it is needed, when it is required and in a form where it can be used most effectively in the decision process.
9 The “Disadvantaged Platform” The disadvantaged platform is any group, or person, who cannot, adequately, identify, retrieve or otherwise access the information they require to prosecute their business in a timely or responsive manner.This may be as a result of information overload, the inability to download information adequately or limited bandwidth.
10 UK Submarine Trial Sea trials – submarine deployed in early 2008 Integration with existing submarine platformPutting over 6 times (and up to 50 times) the information down the limited pipeBroadband over dial up!Savings on commercial sat. comm. costsInformation Integration on boardFormal/Informal MessagesJanesDoctrineTrack Data
13 The Disadvantaged Platform MilitaryCivilianLow bandwidthHigh volume of data“need to know when you need to know it”!Restricted storageHigh tempoIncreasingly global“Pinch” points on bandwidthVast data repositoriesNeed for agilityStorage is not infiniteIncreasing importance of tempoLook at “credit crunch”
14 Complex Organisation Challenges Military or civilian Information SilosStructured and Unstructured dataNo Data Standard DeployedComplex Solutions for complex systemsDynamic not staticTraditional system solutions problemsKnowledge is key asset of organisation
15 Innovation and Change Higher risk Less provenance Big organizations hate change“We’ve always done it this way”Difficult management taskSME not really welcomeHigher riskLess provenanceErratic and irrational!
16 In Support of Small Companies Tend to have operational expertiseDevelop the most innovative solutionsAlways new ideas coming to the marketTend to be owner-fundedEnthusiastic but lack control!Limited opportunity to test their solutions
17 AFCEA Innovation Foundation Interlocutor for business and governmentsFocuses primarily on USNeeds to move more into NATO, UN, EU and other nationsShould focus on how to bring new ideas into useful commercialisationAFCEA Innovation Foundation
18 AFCEA Innovation Foundation Geared to bring new ideas and technologies from SMEs into mainstream.Coordinates some of the plethora of grants (EU, US, etc) into specific projectsLooks at “quick wins” (less than 6 to 9 months gestation)Holds a stake in any joint activity between SME and big business of governmentBrings a US wrapper to satisfy DoD requirements
19 The Natural Dynamics of Situational Awareness Patrick@Openkast.com