Product Support Analytical Tools
Wanted to let life cycle logisticians, product support managers, program managers, and systems engineers know that we have continued to aggressively update and populate the DoD Product Support Analytical Tools database since its initial launch in April 2012, reaching a new milestone of 400 interdisciplinary DoD and commercial product support modeling, simulation, and analysis tools and related data sources cataloged. In addition, in the two years the database has been available, the site has had more than 206,000 individual page views.
This repository profiles a range of tools for facilitating product support decisions, with an emphasis on DoD product support. This database include tools and data sources for product support modeling, simulation, management, analysis, assessment, evaluation, and logistics product data management. For each tool, users will find a description, the processes the tool or data source supports, the Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element(s) the tool or data source supports, Services that use the tool or data source, whether the tool is available at no-cost to DoD users, and ways to view additional information about each tool or data source. We encourage users to recommend the tools which they use and which have proven to be value added to their organizations.
We also encourage providers and users of tools to suggest new tools which may not have been included, however it is important to reiterate the disclaimer on the website that “the product support analytical tools identified in this database are provided solely to assist defense acquisition workforce professionals to identify best value product support solutions which optimize system readiness and life cycle cost. Neither the Department of Defense or the Defense Acquisition University provide any warranty of these tools whatsoever, whether express, implied, or statutory, including, but not limited to, any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or any warranty that the contents of the item will be error-free. This analytical tools database should under no circumstances be considered as being all-encompassing, and is in no-wise meant to endorse the capabilities or products of any particular individual, company, or organization.”