Across its numerous divisions, Lockheed Martin uses various enterprise systems for product definition. Generally, these are not integrated, but sometimes the need arises for tighter collaboration between business units. This was the case with the THAAD program, jointly owned by Missiles & Fire Control and Space Systems.
Due to our prior experience with Lockheed’s data and existing systems, ZWS was brought in to develop an integration between Windchill and Agile e6 PLM, replacing manual data synchronization. The integration uses open source components for XML parsing, Oracle staging tables, and native e6 automation methods.
By architecting the integration as a three-step process, including distinct extract, transform, and load elements, it is more efficient and reliable than a monolithic solution. The bulk of the code is also generalized in a way that it could be reused for additional inbound integrations in the future.
Raytheon was embarking on one of the largest data migration projects in the history of modern engineering. They needed to consolidate several business units’ platforms for engineering data management into an enterprise solution that would allow for company wide collaboration. On top of this, any amount of engineering data freeze would be unacceptable, and they needed a partner that could work with an evolving deadline window. It's well known that moving targets are the hardest ones to hit.
The software vendor for their enterprise data management solution couldn’t guarantee that they could do the migration in a timely manner without freezing Raytheon's data for an extended period of time, but Zero Wait-State could. Utilizing our proprietary migration technology and methodology, we were able to migrate the data on time, hit the deadline precisely and shrink the freeze-out time frame to an acceptable window. A proud accomplishment for ZWS and a jewel in our crown of accomplishments.
Considering the gargantuan scope of this data migration project and the myriad requirements, there was a risk of disruption and the possibility of data quality issues. By partnering with ZWS Raytheon experienced no disruptions while the migration took place, retained their data integrity, and achieved their migration project goals.
AvtechTyee found that their product quality management process was taking too long. This was costing them money both in terms of lost opportunities and overhead. In order to overcome this challenge, they needed to improve cycle time performance for dispositioning products with quality issues during their material review board (MRB) process. Cletus Udoye was the ZWS consultant up for the challenge.
Cletus oversaw the configuration of AvtechTyee's Agile Product Quality Management module (PQM) during our implementation engagement. He was able to streamline their processes and make all product information visible in one system for dispositioning.
Tracking the MRB disposition times during a five month period, AvetchTyee saw a dramatic reduction from a high of 23 days to a now consistent six days—a remarkable 74% decrease in cycle time.