Business Cases

Business Case #1

You have a new contract to provide Supportability Analyses and data for a new (or modification to and existing) program.

Requirement: You need to deliver (at regular intervals) a maintenance plan, a provisioning report, a task analysis summary, a BOM, and several other GEIA-STD-0007 reports. Internally, you want to be able to monitor the status of the LPD (how complete is the data, who is responsible for filling in/checking specific data, what is the projected and actual completion date, etc.).

What you have: You have evolving/emerging engineering data for the new asset, plus some older, but relevant, supportability analysis information and existing technical publications in a proprietary format, which you need to load into SLICwave.

How SLICwave Helps: SLICwave will take your engineering BOM and generate the basic LPD data for you to load directly into SLICwave. SLICwave's powerful import wizard will help you load the proprietary data into SLICwave; if it's in ASCII, .xlsx, or xml formats, and you have the key identifiers for the data, you can use the SLICwave importer to pull in your data. If the data is more complicated, or you would like an automated interface to import data into SLICwave, you can use SLICwave's Integration Toolkit Module, which is a powerful API which allows you to programmatically access the data in SLICwave, so you can use your scripts to populate the database. Or you can take advantage of ISS's Technical Services group to develop scripts for your specific situation.

Once your legacy data has been incorporated into SLICwave, you can take advantage of numerous SLICwave tools to allow you to further develop, assess, and refine the LPD. SLICwave provides all 48 MIL-STD-1388-2B reports and all GEIA-STD-0007 reports, as well as 175 other utilities, calculations, data generators, etc., making creating and managing your data deliverables a breeze.

Neither the MIL-STD-1388-2B nor GEIA-STD-0007 contain a model for data status monitoring. However, SLICwave provides the ability for you to create your own fields against all key data and use these fields to access and manage the associated data values you enter. These fields can be anything you need them to be, from extensions to the data model (e.g., warranty or obsolescence information), to administrative functions, such as data status monitoring. In this case, you can create fields which indicate who is responsible for the data, when the data is required to be complete, even the status of completion. Then you can use SLICwave's powerful Adhoc report generator to create your own reports.

Business Case #2

You have a new FMS or DOD customer for your program, and need to define and manage multiple configurations of the program and related data."

Requirement: The different customer requirements both include data deliverables (including technical documentation), which are largely, but not entirely, the same. The new customer wants a slightly different variant of the equipment, and has a differing maintenance strategy. The two variants will be similar, so you don't want to have to duplicate the data, which would be costly, time-consuming, and more prone to produce errors.

What you have: You have the supportability data in SLICwave for the existing DOD government customer, and the requirements from the new customer.

How SLICwave Helps: SLICwave provides the capability to define multiple configurations within the LPD/LSAR so that equipment variations for the DOD/FMS customer can be tracked separately, and reports and deliverables for each configuration managed separately. Alternatively, the SLICwave/CM-L module can be employed to start from a common baseline configuration, with variant-specific information maintained in separate partitions, from which separate reports, deliverables, technical documentation, etc., can be rendered. This strategy allows you to apply DCNs to all configurations, some, or just one. Since the data partitions contain only the differences between variants, data redundancy is eliminated.

Option to Business Case #2

Your new customer does not require or want data deliverables in a GEIA-STD-0007 format, which is what your DOD customer requires, but per the legacy MIL-STD-1388-2B.

How SLICwave Helps: SLICwave supports both standards from within the same software system. You can deliver data exports, reports, and other deliverables in both formats from the same software and same data. This removes the cost and increased error through data duplication.

Business Case #3

Your customer is requesting that you create technical documentation in an S1000D format, and wants to ensure that the source (including changes) for the authorized parts comes from the LPD.

Requirement: You are required to create S1000D compliant technical documentation using the LSAR/LPD source. You have a CSDB in-house but are not sure that is the tool you should use. You have different customers (and configurations) for your equipment.

What you have: You have existing provisioning data in SLICwave, and basic maintenance task data (tasks defined with spares and support equipment), but you don't have a lot of subtask narrative. You also have existing S1000D Procedural DMs with current information.

How SLICwave Helps: SLICwave provides the ability to repurpose your existing LPD Provisioning data and Maintenance Task Analysis to create fully compliant S1000D Procedural and IPD data modules. The SLICwave/S1000D module is built on data model extensions provided by GEIA-STD-0007 to use source content from the LPD/LSSAR to generate Procedural DMs. Similarly, you can build IPD DMs by linking graphics information (e.g., hot spots) to your authorized parts as maintained in the LSAR. You can also use LSA elements such as UOC, Serial Number, and DCN to generate DM applicability, so that you can satisfy deliverables to your varying customers/configurations.

Many user-friendly tools help you massage the data in the LSAR to a format more conducive to creating DMs, particularly maintenance procedures. A Common Data Viewer allows you to see/edit the data in the LSAR as it will be formatted as a Data Module. The viewer will display native xml, and a stylesheet can be applied to show you what the resultant DM will look like before publication. Pre-publication tools offer BREX checking and schema validation, and you can export not only complete DMs to the Presentation System/CSDB but also changes.

So when changes occur to your program, such as a DCN or new configuration, you can assess and manage the changes in the LPD, and then push those changes to the CSDB. This simplifies the work, eliminating duplicated effort and improving overall quality (reducing discrepancies between the LPD and the tech pubs).

The DMs that SLICwave produces can be imported into any CSDB, but SLICwave offers an integrated synchronization of key data (DMCs, ICNs, ACT, PCT, etc.) with a number of CSDBs. If your CSDB is not among those currently supported, we will build and interface. Also, ISS can work with you to create scripts to scrape your current S1000D DMs to populate/update the LPD/LSAR.

Option to Business Case #3

You have gained a second customer for your equipment, who also wants technical documentation, but they want to use a different CSDB. Or perhaps they manage the technical documentation themselves and you have to deliver just the S1000D DMs to them.

How SLICwave Helps: SLICwave is designed to interface with any CSDB, and so it is easy to push the data to a second CSDB with no data duplication. Alternatively, you can export the resultant S1000D DMs (and related changes xml> directly from SLICwave, and deliver these to your customer.

Business Case #4

Your program's budget has been tightened, making it even more critical to revaluate how you can reduce ongoing support costs.

Requirement: The customer has decided that the current program spares/support system is too expensive. Managers are asking you whether Supportability Analysis can help, or whether it should be slashed to help meet budget.

What you have: A requirement to help the program succeed within a new budget reality.

How SLICwave Helps: SLICwave provides all the data that is needed to determine what projected costs are for supporting your program. The LPD contains all the parts, tools, and other support equipment (plus facilities and transportation) that will be required to support the system, all the tasks that must be done to sustain it, and all the people, skill levels, training required, etc. to perform those tasks. It also defines how frequently those task must be done, where they will be done, etc. This provides you a total LCC cost for your support plan.

SLICwave also gives you the tools you need to review the data - and associated costs - that you have for your current program design, and assess where the cost drivers and bad actors are. You can then look for alternatives to correct these areas, compare them, and assess them based on cost and performance using SLICwave analysis tools. These tools are designed to allow you to assess your maintenance concept, improve availability and readiness, and reduce inaccurate sparing (too high or too low). You can further reduce costs by repurposing your LSA/PSA data to create/update your technical documentation (also improving quality by reducing discrepancies between the two). Once you have actual performance data for your equipment, you can compare this with the design predictions in the LPD and correct where your predictions have been off the mark. You can also update the LPD with real-time peformance and re-run your analyses to further refine your support plan and reduce costs by addressing the emerging cost drivers and overruns.

Since the through-life support for your program will consume 60-90% of the costs of the program over its lifetime, you can't afford NOT to have SLICwave.

Business Case #5

You are working an important military contract and security is a paramount issue. Perhaps you are working with the military service directly and are required to use software that is certified to be secure.

Requirement: You must use only software which complies with your program/site security requirements, and which will continue to update regularly as required to stay in compliance.

How SLICwave Helps: SLICwave software has been designed to provide the maximum in assurance that your valuable data is secured in a number of ways. First, SLICwave offers you the ability to secure your data in SLICwave by user or group role, by LSA/PSA table, by screen, by utility or report, even by individual data field or by data values. You can ensure that you provide just the right access to the right people. Second, SLICwave is designed to integrate with your organization's user Authentication/Signon system, ensuring compliance with your corporation's IT policies. Third, SLICwave continues to go through significant security assessments on an on-going basis, including an extensive vulnerability assessment program (based on a 3rd party analysis) to help reduce the likelihood of software vulnerabilities. Fourth, SLICwave is both NMCI certified (DADMS #89697) and USAF desktop certified, making it available to Navy and Air Force personnel without any further IT scanning or requirement.

When security matters, it's good to know that ISS is fully committed to delivering secure software!