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Managing a Mobile and Network Centric Operation, Part 2

This article is Part 2 in this series, read Part 1 here.

In the first segment of this series, we introduced some key concepts in a network centric operational strategy.  In Part 2 we will explore these concepts in greater depth, add some context, and introduce some additional requirements and considerations for you to ponder.  Let’s now review and expand on a few of the key concepts:
  1. Network Centric Operational data needs to be shared in real time.  In a mobile world that means real time communications with the mobile workforce.
  2. Network Centric Operations strategies are based on the concept of a dynamic, and shared information environment that provides access to trusted information for all users, based on need, independent of time and place.  This description highlights the idea that the actual use of the data is not known in advance by the managers of the shared information environment.  The approved consumers of this information will creatively utilize this content in their own applications and systems to best execute their individual missions.  This concept supports an agile and unpredictable environment without causing unnecessary and artificial barriers that limit effectiveness and deployment in the field by setting up standards and integration methodologies.
  3. Network Centric Operations are designed to use data that can be collected and processed in real time from thousands of different data collection sources - human, computer and machine. Examples are humans, mobile devices, satellites, web services connected to other data collection sources, GPS vehicle and cargo tracking systems, EDI, barcode scanners, RFID readers, Bluetooth anything, remote M2M wireless sensors, faxes, emails, SMS, physical mail, customers and partners.  This data needs to be translated into standardized formats (data syntax and semantics) so consumers understand what it is and what it means.
  4. Network Centric Operations can easily bury a consumer in irrelevant and unnecessary data. Humans can easily be distracted and overwhelmed with large quantities of data.  Having the right, real time intelligence and analytical systems in place to assist the human consumer is critical. Systems that can offer highly accurate predictions, identify patterns, suggest actions and augment reality in real time, in the right place, at the right time, to the right person, on the right device and in the right amount are the goals.
As you can quickly see from just these four network centric operational concepts, it is not just about moving data from point A to point B, or from an ERP to a smartphone.  Building and supporting this “network” requires all of the talent and skills that have made traditional ERP and IT systems irreplaceable for companies today.

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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.