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AFCEA Tech. Net Europe The Only Certainty is Change “Data sunt, Inepte!” October 2006 AFCEA Tech. Net Europe The Only Certainty is Change “Data sunt, Inepte!” October 2006 Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright 2006 AFCEA Tech. Net 2006

Cost of Computing Cost of Memory Cost of Hardware Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright 2006 Cost of Computing Cost of Memory Cost of Hardware Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright 2006 AFCEA Tech. Net 2006

Cost of Computing Systems Cost of Memory Cost of Hardware Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright Cost of Computing Systems Cost of Memory Cost of Hardware Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright 2006 AFCEA Tech. Net 2006

Technology & the Warfighter Civil War WWII Gulf War Kosovo EAF Data Transfer Rate Technology & the Warfighter Civil War WWII Gulf War Kosovo EAF Data Transfer Rate 20 BPS 32 BPS 71 BPS 256 KBPS 1. 544 MBPS ? GPS/TPS Soldiers to Cover 102 Km 38, 830 4, 040 300 24 3 ? Time Line 1865 1914 1945 Telephone Computer 1991 1999 2010 VTC Web Tools Cognitive Tools Technology Telegraph Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright 2006 AFCEA Tech. Net 2006

. . there was a time when a 1 inch cable provided 50 voice . . there was a time when a 1 inch cable provided 50 voice calls… if you were lucky! . . today, that same 1 inch cable holds 432 Fibers @ 400 Gb/s each! (173 Tb/s!!) That’s equivalent to: - 10 X the US population talking simultaneously - All of the data stored in the US per year, transmitted in a single day - 100 X the worldwide internet traffic - Download the Library of Congress in > 1 hour Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright 2006 AFCEA Tech. Net 2006 Gb/s: Gigabits (one billion bits) per second Tb/s: Terabits (one trillion bits) per second

Historical Perspective • In the beginning command was exercised personally. • Better communications allowed Historical Perspective • In the beginning command was exercised personally. • Better communications allowed for a wider span of command • Globalisation and real-time facilities allow for “confusion of command”! • Importance of not over-whelming commanders and subordinates with too much information. • Must retain “clarity of mission” Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright 2006 AFCEA Tech. Net 2006

Technology …. not always the “be all and end all”! TECHNOLOGY PROCESS PEOPLE Data Technology …. not always the “be all and end all”! TECHNOLOGY PROCESS PEOPLE Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright 2006 AFCEA Tech. Net 2006

“Tyranny of Choice” • Happiness is limited information. • People tend to see that “Tyranny of Choice” • Happiness is limited information. • People tend to see that which they wish to see. • Heavy influence of media. • More information is a turn-off. • Only search for information where there is easy availability. • Ignore data which might be inconvenient. Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright 2006 AFCEA Tech. Net 2006

The Human Condition • How do we reconcile the rich but messy world of The Human Condition • How do we reconcile the rich but messy world of human life with the process driven, procedural, rule based approach demanded by technology? • Are we forced into complexity or might we use the principles of “Ockam’s Razor” Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright 2006 AFCEA Tech. Net 2006

What about legacy systems? • Legacy systems range from those that are old and What about legacy systems? • Legacy systems range from those that are old and unused any more to those which are still in active use. • Traditional answer was to “migrate” systems to new standards. • Legacy systems continue to be of utility. • Need to build on them – not destroy them! • Must have lower costs, faster delivery and improved confidence. Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright 2006 AFCEA Tech. Net 2006

High Costs • The problem is Legacy systems and the RDBMS: – Cost of High Costs • The problem is Legacy systems and the RDBMS: – Cost of scrubbing and cleaning data – Designed 30 years ago to minimise memory requirement. – Normalisation and renormalisation – New business process-led initiatives vs. IT driven projects Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright 2006 AFCEA Tech. Net 2006

So, what do we do? • Need to keep the technology, organizations and people So, what do we do? • Need to keep the technology, organizations and people issues in synchronisation so that we can develop: – Better decision making by commanders – Better and more adaptable organisations – New supporting technologies Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright 2006 AFCEA Tech. Net 2006

Technical requirements • Flexible system – mirroring human behaviour • Allows information exchange with Technical requirements • Flexible system – mirroring human behaviour • Allows information exchange with wide variety of databases • Intuitive – and contextural • Responsive • Relatively cheap! • International standards Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright 2006 AFCEA Tech. Net 2006

Tyrrell. Smith Patrick. JTyrrell@aol. com +44 7711322541 Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright 2006 AFCEA Tech. Tyrrell. Smith Patrick. [email protected] com +44 7711322541 Data Sunt, Inepte! Copyright 2006 AFCEA Tech. Net 2006