Systecon is pleased to announce the 2016 North American Opus Suite User Group. This event will be held on April 21, 2016 (not the 14th as you may have seen in our recent newsletter).
The Growing Importance of Effective Life Cycle Management - Justin Woulfe, Executive Vice President Systecon North America
In March, when I attended the National Defense Industrial Association's National Logistics Forum, it was made clear by both politicians and high-level defense representatives that the US DoD is in serious need of more resources. The concept of doing more with less is a legitimate reality today and unlike in the prior decade tough decisions need to be made with regard to funding priorities and competing requirements. We at Systecon are successfully assisting our nation's senior decision makers function with the right operational capability and availability in a cost-effective way by providing a systematic and analytic approach within the area of defense logistics. The best way to identify the resources that would deliver the most impact per invested dollar is by modeling the military units and their equipment and simulating their planned operational scenarios. Opus Suite is today the leading tool to perform this type of analysis and I hope that the increased interest in defense capabilities will enable decision-makers at different levels to envision the full potential in adapting systematic analytical activities as a foundation for making better informed decisions.
Concerning large mission-critical investments it’s become obvious to many in the DoD that a bigger effort must be made to see beyond the actual purchase. We must also understand and evaluate what it will mean to own, use and maintain the investment during an extended period of time. Nevertheless, it is surprisingly seldom that I come across really good procurement projects in which LCC is allowed to be the primary evaluation criterion, and where all necessary processes and guarantees from suppliers are secured in the contract. It is refreshing to see Opus Suite being employed on several large ACAT I programs to do just this. These programs are changing the game, not only reducing LCC, but also better quantifying risk, mission effectiveness, and operational capability.
In our latest newsletter, we wrote about the new version of Opus Suite that we just released. The largest development this time was primarily a more general and complete LORA functionality. For many, the LORA concept might not be entirely obvious, or perhaps it’s associated with old military standards. Rather, what we offer in Opus Suite is a more general optimization of the entire maintenance concept for a part, system, platform, class of systems, or across an enterprise; in other words, where should different components be maintained and which resources will be needed in different locations to be able to execute the maintenance tasks. It also defines the optimal spare parts stock for the system. It is a very general and unique approach that, in my view, is useful in many different types of projects. The new release of Opus Suite, of course, includes more enhanced functionality than just LORA.
In addition to new framework agreements in Brazil, Scandinavia, across NATO and elsewhere, We are also very glad to see a growing interest in Opus Suite here in North America where we are delivering software and support as well as consulting services to better equip our nation to project power in the most cost effective way possible to all branches of the DoD and on several of the largest and most complex acquisition programs in the world.