Original Date: 08/20/2001
Revision Date: 12/14/2006
Best Practice : Collaborative Engineering Environment
The Naval Systems Computing Center at Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems has developed, implemented, and manages a sophisticated computing and networking environment to meet Navy Combat System Engineering requirements across many programs. This Collaborative Engineering Environment technologically co-locates teams through load sharing, and uses a unique set of processes and procedures to maximize performance and operating efficiencies.
Previously at Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems (NE&SS-SS), many obstacles hindered the use of a collaborative engineering environment including classified stand-alone networks; limited facilities for on-site teams; limited telecommunication technologies; and poor avenues for sharing data. However, the nature of Navy programs requires networking across multiple projects and domains. In response, the Naval Systems Computing Center (NSCC) at Lockheed Martin NE&SS-SS developed a sophisticated computing and networking environment to meet Navy Combat System Engineering requirements.
The Collaborative Engineering Environment (CEE) enables geographically-dispersed teams, consisting of hundreds of members, to interact. Lockheed Martin NE&SS-SS can now support classified and unclassified information across its network through load sharing of teams, rather than spending huge amounts on housing costs to physically co-locate teams. NSCC also implemented a unique set of processes and procedures to maximize performance and operating efficiencies. These consist of Network Management and Security; Engineering Tool Management; Software License Management; and Software Integration and Test Equipment Management.
Since being implemented, CEE has provided Lockheed Martin NE&SS-SS with numerous benefits. Among these include: eliminating redundant equipment procedures; sharing network infrastructures for both voice and data; reducing engineering development costs through automation; maximizing investments in software tool training; increasing test efficiencies through collaborative development/tactical tests; and providing real-time training and mentoring processes. Standardized software and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products allow integrated software license tools to be used by the engineering population. All of these elements save time, manpower, and drive down costs. Lockheed Martin NE&SS-SS was also recognized by the Defense Security Services for “Excellence in Network Security.”
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