Information Systems

February 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

 

March 2006
By Dr. Jeff Grossman and Richard Akita

April 2002
By Maj. Bernard J. Jansen, USA; Col. John J. Reidt, USA; and Jerald C. Turner

Aligning IT plans with organizational goals is easier said than done.

Rapid changes in both technology and U.S. military missions are mandating that information systems plans be comprehensive as well as flexible. Within this transformational environment, most organizations recognize the need for strategic plans that improve their ability to accomplish their goals; however, many times these plans fail to achieve the desired results.

May 2002
By Sharon Berry

Instant messaging technology speeds communication, synchronizes situational awareness.

International military partners are signing on and interfacing with each other instantaneously by using a prototype system that merges real-time chat capabilities with a language translator to enable cross-domain information exchange. The project addresses the need for collaboration and interoperation at the command level in allied environments.

June 2002
By Henry S. Kenyon

Digital maps worth a thousand words in theaterwide system.

A prototype command and control technology allows joint task force commanders to plan and coordinate air defenses across broad operational areas quickly. The system combines a task force’s radars and datalinks into an easily understood graphic representation of the combat zone. Hostile aircraft as well as cruise and theater ballistic missiles are identified, and their headings and impact zones are indicated in near real time, providing officers with a complete view of the action.

May 2002
By Maryann Lawlor

Service moves full speed ahead on transformation.

The U.S. Navy is launching a new initiative that expands the concept of network-centric warfare from the purely technical world to the operations doctrine domain. The paradigm will affect every aspect of the Navy—from acquisition processes to transportation, from information sharing to targeting. Military leaders believe this new approach will increase combat effectiveness and better support joint and coalition operations.

June 2002
By Maryann Lawlor

Sea and shore systems share applications.

The U.S. Navy is moving full-speed ahead on the tide of transformation by using the Web to address the military’s incessant problems with interoperability. The approach is called Web-enabling, and it is the same technique that allows consumers to transfer funds from a savings account to a checking account or register for a class at a local high school.

October 2003
By Michael A. Robinson

Jupiter Lab helps companies, customers.

A pair of large information technology firms are not satisfied with operating in more than 100 countries around the globe. They have now set their sights on Jupiter.

Unisys Corporation, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, recently opened the Team Jupiter Lab to allow customers to test drive a new generation of e-business software developed by Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Washington. The companies are partners in the facility at a Unisys technology campus near Microsoft’s headquarters.

January 2004
By Henry S. Kenyon

 

Developed by Computas NA, the Metis planning and visualization tool permits managers to map enterprise architectures by laying out objects such as business processes and their relationships to each other. These interactions are displayed on a template showing the links between an organization and its information technology infrastructure.