One of the main challenges nowadays in the simulation industry is about how to increase the value of each dollar/euro invested in a simulation system in every phase of its life cycle, from its acquisition to the end of its operational life. This is an increasing demand in every market using simulators but probably the strongest request is from the military market.
Military agencies worldwide, especially those with bigger investments in simulation & training solutions, as those in NATO countries, are very worried about the lack of productivity, efficiency and effectiveness in the acquisition and support of their portfolio of simulators. They are demanding solutions with a bigger return of investment (ROI) and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) . They want simulators that are not only cheaper to buy but are also adaptable to changing requirements. Industry must respond not only to meet this demand with the new systems but also by providing solutions to evolve the portfolio of simulators already deployed to this new requirement in the market.
How can we do that? Other commercial sectors and even military sectors with the same demand, are responding by adopting common modular and open architectures, fully based on standards. This requirements are also on the simulation domain, but till recently, only for distributed simulation solutions, in which the problem is how to connect multiple devices in the same network. Many literature and discussions are available about the challenges and gaps for distributed simulation (for example see my former post in this blog: http://www.simware.es/blog/why-is-so-difficult-to-use-distributed-simulation ). But if we do a systematic analysis of the situation we can see that the adoption of open, modular and interoperable architectures in the military simulation market is not going only to solve many challenges in distributed simulation but is also going to help to increase the ROI and reduce the TCO of the simulator itself. A modular design, based on a common architecture with standarized interfaces will help to have adaptable simulators that can be easily upgraded when the demand is changing. Modularity will also enables the creation of ecosystems in the industry, fostering competition, avoiding vendor lock-in and allowing open innovation.
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Posted by Jose-Maria Lopez. General Manager in Simware Solutions
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