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The Hidden Costs of Video System Integration

January 08, 2021 | BY: Val Chrysostomou

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The More Vendors Involved, the Higher the Risk

Defense and aerospace organizations that issue separate requests for proposal (RFPs) for each component in an end-to-end video system have the right goals in mind: they're looking to get the best possible products at the lowest price. Unfortunately, saving money on the purchase price is often a false economy when the components are supplied by different vendors. There are several additional costs -- time, effort, and financial -- that may not be obvious at first glance.

 

System-Level Hurdles Increase Time, Costs, and Complexity

At the system level, involving multiple vendors in video system integration creates four major issues:

  • Integration time is significantly increased
  • Integration costs can easily balloon
  • Vendors play the blame game, slowing issue resolution
  • Program management, upgrades, and maintenance are far more complex than a single vendor solution

To help defense and aerospace organizations better understand these issues, download the white paper to learn about the risks involved and how a single-vendor strategy mitigates them to reduce total cost of ownership.

Val Chrysostomou, Video Display

Author’s Biography

Val Chrysostomou

Product Manager, VDS

Val Chrysostomou is a Product Manager for the Video and Display Systems group at Curtiss-Wright. She has been involved in the defense industry for over 17 years with the last 10 years holding positions in marketing and product management. Val obtained a PhD in Engineering Management focusing in new product introduction efficiencies from the University of Hertfordshire, UK.

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