Creating the unified view
In the Winter 2009 edition of Insight Magazine we looked at the complexities of the MOD's logistics process. Two years on, not only do the business needs persist but also the challenges to deliver benefit under constraint have increased. Continuing to deliver the desired logistic effect to support the front line requires management and understanding of intricate and multifaceted processes surrounding the procurement, delivery, tracking and reverse logistics of millions of individual items.
The complex task of rationalisation in this environment and the development of the evolving framework which ensures that all of the diverse pieces fit together is provisioned by the Log NEC owned and managed by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) on behalf of the MOD. With Boeing now contracted as the Log NEC Delivery Partner, the groundwork has been laid to provide a coherent view of the business, using the Log NEC Architecture produced through MooD International’s collaboration with Log NEC team. The Log NEC Architecture enables a better governance of processes and improved understanding of business alignment, as well as providing operational data of the information systems through its portfolio management views.
“The LOG NEC architecture brings greater transparency to the details surrounding current capabilities and emerging requirements within the MOD. Most importantly it allows a representation of the end to end logistic processes and shows how in-service systems support that process, so that the impact of change can be better understood. MooD 2010 has enabled this approach and allows us to represent the information to a wide range of users in way which they can understand.”
Lt Col Paul Winchcombe, Log NEC Enterprise Architect
The establishment of the architecture allows for activity to be tracked more efficiently and brings greater transparency to the details surrounding current capabilities and emerging requirements. The key to the continued success and exploitation of the Log NEC Architecture comes with the constant evolvement and inclusion of information at Business, Information, Applications and Services and Technical architectural layers. The MooD 2010 platform has facilitated a more agile approach to the input and understanding of information, allowing business mangers to maintain their data directly through a web interface without the need to change the underlying architectural structure. Business conclusions can be drawn directly from the architecture which is highlighted through the graphical interfaces contained in the Log NEC Control Room.
At the Defence IT event earlier this year, the Log NEC team illustrated the delivered benefit to the programme as summarised:
The ability of the end user to make changes rapidly to the dependant data of the architecture to provide an up-to-date, coherent representation of the business. Consumers of the architecture are able to interrogate the content to provide instant answers from a complex environment.
2. Routine Exploitation
The Log NEC Architecture is part of day to day business for all users facilitating a shared common understanding of the environment.
The ability of decision makers to identify and assess the impact of change on the business, taking informed decisions from the architecture in performance, cost and risk.
With the continued information growth and the evolvement of MooD's visualisation toolset, the Log NEC Architecture and Control Room continues to provide support to an ever challenging landscape within the MOD Logistics environment.