The business of building weapons

There is a certain necessity in war that leads to peace.  While ideologies and politicos may argue tooth and nail over which advocacy is correct, what remains constant is that the victor always has the most firepower behind it.  These include weaponry mounted on vehicles, or mobile systems created as armaments.  These include vehicles traversing land, sea, air, and space.

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Experts build armaments during war, and governments pay obscene amounts of money to hire the best and the brightest of builders.  Just like any industry, or company, for that matter, the business of building weapons is a complicated process that involves money, data, and stakeholders at every level.  It is a complication all on its own, and running this type of business demands a particularly high level of ingenuity.

For those specializing in specific areas—aeronautics, for instance—the task is particularly daunting.  Specializations entail more intensive market analytics; doubtless, these businesses exist in rather small clusters with tight competition at every turn.  Thus, the task of gathering data and arranging them into comprehensive groups need to be fast, efficient, and inexpensive.

Businesses engaged in building parts for flying craft, for instance, entail many people and even more money.  Thus, the challenge often lies in establishing standardized manufacturing processes and uniform financial reporting, as well as reducing the timeframe by which results and reports are consolidated.

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A software solution may help in this, involving centralized systems for reporting and financial consolidation.  Aside from expedited timeframes for these processes, departments and divisions are better coordinated through complete visibility from all levels.

Charles Phillips is the CEO of Infor, an enterprise solutions software company. Read more about him and Infor at


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