Three Big Ideas

The context is always changing. Bottlenecks in hardware are disappearing; huge amounts of information is being faced with new statistical tools; and adaptive systems are already amongst us, if not in the ways we expected. From the Manyworlds blog, three ideas which are relevant to the future of simulation. 1. memory, storage, bandwidth, etc., are…

The cost of simulation?

First in an irregular series: recent contracts compared to show how much simulation costs, and who pays for it. [b>CDN $1,500,000,000[/b>: Atlantis Systems Corp. (as part of a syndicate) for the delivery of training for fixed and rotary winged platforms, covering four aircraft types, for the Canadian Department of National Defence. (Overall contract “is worth…

How do you market business simulations?

Two recent announcements by business simulation providers: Regis have developed a business simulation called Mercury Shoes, and SSU have issued a press release about their services. Makes me wonder about how you market these things. How do the users of these “full business” (as opposed to business process) simulations make their choice? How do sellers…

Simulation in Virginia

Virginia governor Mark Warner has announced funding to support The Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center “to support focused research efforts and collaborative projects with the U.S. Joint Forces Command headquartered in Norfolk.” The governor estimates that Virginia will earn $413 million from simulation in FY 2004. particularly in relation to defense and homeland security.…

TOPOFF was here too…

According to the US Department of Homeland Security spokesman, the US authorities were struggling to cope with multiple terrorist atacks during last weeks exercise “Topoff”. “And just when we thought we had turned the corner on this,” he added, “our friends in the United Kingdom got hit about halfway through the exercise….” In his press…

Carpet sample simulations nominated For Award

According to an article in the “Chattanoogan”, Tricycle Inc has developed a simulation system to replace carpet samples. Manufacturers currently send out over 700,000 carpet samples a year at a cost of over $1 billion; after brief use, the samples are thrown away. Research for this system began in 1999 in England, with commercial applications…

Business Simulations: a market guide

An excellent article on the Gartner weblog – see previous post, here – has started me thinking about this whole field. Its very difficult to penetrate this market, because every seller produces their own technology and system, usually with trade-marked jargon and claims which arent easy to test. This essay is a brief market survey…