Having acquired a sound understanding of all
aspects of operational software development
and the hours of testing time spent at sea gave a good insight into
the possibilities of system
enhancements. My scientific and research training gave me the ability
to develop more modern
system modules. Some were to aid performance, others to provide
enhanced Human Computer
Interfaces (HCIs). These progressed into numerous studies into modernising
interfaces requiring presentations to MoD and Royal Navy decision-makers.
followed for the DoD and MoD.
a time of unprecedented change in military procurements -
from cost-plus contracts to fixed-price contracts.
This necessitated MoD contractors to examine
their business processes and to look for ways
of streamlining the business whilst retaining quality and excellence.
I had the task of revamping
many of the department's procedures and generating new ones to cope
with the changing
commercial climate. During this time, a decision was made that the
Centre of Excellence,
Advanced Systems Engineering Department would need to be commercialised.
had provided its services solely in-house. It now had to market
its strengths more vigorously
within the Ferranti family and externally for the first time. I
had the task of positioning the
Engineering Department, changing the focus from technology led to
a customer, market