ConsultingServicesHdr3Customers can put Quanterion’s experience and expertise to work for their organization by using our consulting services. In addition to our educational publications and training programs, we are also able to provide ad hoc and/or on-going services for a number of different situations. We can perform an entire task from start to finish, using provided documentation to analyze and/or develop a solution for a particular issue, at the end delivering a comprehensive report summarizing the findings. We can also walk your staff through a particular problem, demonstrating the required steps and explaining how and why each is performed. Another option is for our staff to review the results of a study or analysis that you have performed to validate the results by checking for invalid assumptions, errors in selected techniques, models or data, or a number of other nuances and pitfalls that we have observed in past experiences. We also provide specialty services for specific niche topics (e.g., materials selection, reliability test plans, software security evaluations, etc.) that might be of value to your organization. We have a number of ongoing long term customer relationships where we have acted as the “company department” for activities like reliability management and analysis services. The following are some examples of the types of activities that we can perform across many of the technologies identified in our Solutions areas:

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Cybersecurity Compliance Services:

In response the growing cybersecurity threat, nearly all organizations (government and commercial) are required or strongly encouraged to implement an information security program to safeguard their information systems and the data that it processes. Quanterion specializes in cyber compliance services for both government and industry, providing expertise related to the following information security frameworks and requirements.

  • NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF)
  • Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP)
  • Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

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Technical Inquiries:

With a rich history in Information Analysis Center (IAC) operations, Quanterion understands the value in having a knowledgeable, readily-available resource to turn to with the technical questions that arise in your day-to-day activities. We continue to provide this valuable service through our current IAC operations, which include:

These Centers provide up to four free hours of research, performing literature searches, basic analyses and STI collection. As well as providing clarification on different processes, techniques, guidance and regulations/requirements to find the answers that professionals need to successfully complete their projects.

Research:

Under our “data-to-decisions” strategy, the analyses that are performed to make informed decisions are highly dependent on the data and information that are the foundation of accurate results. We can help collect relevant data from testing and field performance. As well as the conditions under which the data resulted. We can perform literature searches of vast government and industry knowledge bases including the latest scientific and technical information (STI). We can also define test programs to provide data for use in analyses.

Analyses:

Arguably the most valuable of Quanterion’s services are the analysis activities performed by our subject matter experts. The analytical skills and domain expertise of our staff provide the company with a unique capability to address a wide range of technical disciplines, using these skills to evaluate materials, designs, architectures, and processes, as well as a number of performance-related factors like longevity, security, durability and survivability. Some of the most common analyses performed by Quanterion include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Technology Reviews/Comparisons
  • State-of-the-Art Assessments
  • Life-cycle Costs and ROI
  • Performance Estimation
  • Trend Analysis
  • Cause & Effect Analysis
  • Environmental Characterization
  • Maintenance/Maintainability Analysis

These analyses are the activities that turn data into decisions, identify the root causes of persistent problems, evaluate the design, architecture and performance of a system, and/or develop techniques and processes to operate more efficiently. Tasks range from vulnerability assessments for critical infrastructure to performance and sustainability evaluations of renewable energy sources. They address manufacturing quality and system reliability, software design and network security, material’s strength and compatibility, and the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) effects and protection measures. The analytical activities performed by Quanterion produce tangible solutions to real-world challenges. View our Solutions Page to read more about some of our past efforts.

Testing, Evaluation and Simulation:

Evaluation and verification through testing remains an important part of the development process, but even those with testing experience may not be familiar with each of the individual steps that make up the overall process. Further complicating matters are the numerous types of testing, which differ in purpose and the general techniques that are used to generate the necessary conditions needed to observe the behavior under study. Our expertise can help organizations navigate the different step of each process, while providing insight into the different purposes of these activities and how the results are used for improvement.

Testing Objectives

  • Demonstrate Capabilities
  • Identification of Weaknesses
  • Manufacturing Defect Removal
  • Qualification/Demonstration
  • Production Acceptance
  • Improvement of Design
  • Assess Environmental Suitability
  • Assess Interoperability and User Interactions
  • Assess Maintenance Characteristics
Testing Strategies and Processes

  • Test Objectives, Resources and Risks
  • Test Facilities (In plant, vs. Field Operation and Exercises)
  • Test Planning (Duration, Conditions, Loading, etc.)
  • Test Alternatives (Simulation, Acceleration, etc.)
  • Test Execution and Monitoring
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Test Conclusions, and Reporting

The necessary time and resources to perform testing activities are often a prohibitive factor for many organizations, which instead seek modeling & simulation-based solutions that can provide similar insights into system behavior at a significantly reduced cost. Along these lines, Quanterion has developed two web-based model repositories under the CSIAC and the former Reliability Information Analysis Center (RIAC). WARP, the Web Accessible Repository of Physics-Based Models. Provides a collection of Physics-of-Failure (PoF) prediction models, while the Software Model Repository (SWMR) provides a variety of software-based models, many of which are related to software testing (costs, remaining number of defects, etc.). Contact us to learn more about these resources and Quanterion’s test-based capabilities.

Product and System Design/Development:

Quanterion can help very early in the design/development process by identifying the characteristics needed in order to satisfy customer needs as well as the levels of design practices necessary to meet user-defined requirements. Examples include the types of fault tolerance, the level of component derating, the appropriate types of environmental control and so on. Other activities that are often appropriate include:

  • Parts and Materials Selection
  • Technology Tradeoffs and Comparisons
  • Component Characterizations
  • Interpretation of Operational Models
  • Design Reviews

 

Training:

Analytical activities play an important role in the design, development, testing and fielding of all types of systems. Unfortunately, they can also be very time consuming in addition to requiring experienced professionals with specific skill sets. To alleviate the burden of these necessary activities, Quanterion develops a number of specialized products that simplify these analyses. Such products include software tools designed to automate a variety of tasks, handbooks providing descriptive information on different analysis techniques and step-by-step instructions to perform these processes, and databooks that provide sanitized data collections for a variety of analysis tasks.

In addition to these products, Quanterion also provides specialized training on the different types of analysis techniques and their respective purposes, as well as instructions on how to use these products to their full potential. Training courses are offered in a number of formats, from web-based tools and online video series to live instructor-led courses at your own facility. Quanterion can even develop a customized course to your specific requests. Quanterion’s Products and Services page provides more information on the different products and training that Quanterion has to offer.

Software, Database & Web Development:

Given the complexity and costs to develop and maintain today’s software intensive business and application systems, high quality software needs to be developed and maintained using the latest and best software development practices, processes, and technology. Through Quanterion’s software engineering training and consulting services, we are able to guide you at selecting and implementing the best approaches and technology to maximize your return on software investment dollars.

Quanterion provides custom software design and development solutions to end users, performing custom programming, database design, client-server and internet/intranet software application development. We possess a wide range of software development skills including JAVA, C/C++, Visual Basic, and COBOL as well as developing software for UNIX, MS Windows and .NET environments. We also develop software using many data/database systems, including XML, Oracle, MySQL, Access, MSSQL, and PL/SQL.

Quanterion also offers affordable web site design and development solutions. From basic web site design to advanced e-commerce solutions. We will develop your web site to your specifications, develop or acquire the necessary graphics and images, help with your web promotion, help with web hosting, and provide consulting services to improve your site’s design and functionality. Your web site will be cross-browser compliant and search engine friendly. Upon completion, we also submit your site to the top free search engines/directories. Our web development staff has expertise in ASP, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, AJAX, JavaScript Object Notation, XML, PERL, Ruby on Rails, ColdFusion Markup Language, and various Wiki markup languages.

Information Technology:

Quanterion specializes in providing innovative and adaptive IT solutions to the challenges of today’s digital workplace. With a wide range of services, from network configuration and product development to data storage and protection, Quanterion is able to address any type of issue that your business may be experiencing.

The flexibility to provide customer-specific services, delivering what customers need, when they need it, is what sets Quanterion apart from others in this field. Our IT professionals have extensive experience with all major operating systems, data and network security software, and smartphone/mobile iOS platforms. More importantly, they are on top of the current developments in the IT field, and are knowledgeable in consolidation and virtualization (“Doing more with less”). All of this ensures that Quanterion provides the most up-to-date, cost-effective solutions to suit the customer’s needs.

Management Practices:

Quanterion’s experience and expertise can easily be put to work for your organization. For example, we can perform a number of auditing services, from simple online tools used to review an organization’s internal programs (like Quanterion’s free RASTER tool), to essentially acting as a company’s own internal Quality Assurance department. We can review an organization’s processes and practices against industry standards and/or government requirements to identify shortfalls, inefficiencies and common pitfalls while also suggesting recommended corrections to eliminate gaps in performance, security, and/or profitability. Below are just a few examples of the management support services that we perform:

Practices and Procedures

  • Policy/Practices Development
  • Roadmaps to Success
  • Organizational Strategies
  • Business Process Modeling
  • Training & Certifications
Applications

  • Development Program Plans and Design Guides
  • Information Security & Certification Assessments
  • Software Design Processes Definition
  • Knowledge Management Approaches
  • Network Architecture Tradeoffs

Our experience in a variety of technologies has allowed us to benchmark different industries while identifying best practices for success. An independent analysis of one’s organization can provide a fresh perspective and help to pinpoint and mitigate the detrimental practices that derail projects and perpetuate persistent problems. Furthermore, we can provide training to “train the trainers” about the appropriate techniques to follow and tasks to perform such that this information can be taught and shared within the organization to improve product design, software development, network security, or essentially any technical operation. Contact us today to discuss how we can help your organization.

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