DSI has created a suite of design and productivity tools, know as TRaDE (Technology Refresh and Deployment Empowerment) Tools, that run on distributed computing platforms using Microsoft’s Server and XP operating systems to address the burgeoning demand for the planning, configuration, integration, and deployment of networking technologies including routers, switches, PCs, servers, and enterprise applications. TRaDE is comprised of two distinct tool sets; ICON for internetworking devices and PC GenIE for PCs. By leveraging our documented process methodology and proprietary TRaDE software tools, the company efficiently manages many otherwise labor intensive implementation services, significantly reducing the time and costs associated with these services.
In comparison to more traditional system integration methods, DSI’s software-enabled process leverages the talents of seasoned engineers in the hands of less experienced technical resources and provides for a “down-skilling” of the tasks they perform by delivering an automated and replicable framework for expertise. These software-enabled tasks result in reduced time cycles to deliver the solution and more complete results such as structured documentation and testing procedures.
To draw an analogy to a typical manufacturing business, DSI’s software-enabled process results in a higher yield from a project’s resources. For our clients and strategic partners, this ensures an efficient and cost effective means of implementation tasks for projects of any size or complexity. This also results in improved documentation, testing procedures, and asset tracking.
ICON acts as a master repository for the collection and management of all of the design and configuration information and rules that are learned during the execution of DSI’s process methodology and project management services. ICON collects and organizes project-specific information into databases that are easily manipulated for the purposes of system configuration and documentation.
The automation and increased productivity provided by DSI’s process model, for what are highly complex and labor-intensive tasks, permits us to be significantly more price competitive. By analyzing the performance results from this process methodology, estimating task times and costs become significantly more accurate for future projects. As these tasks become less dependent on human intervention and are increasingly automated, they mitigate the risk of cost overruns. Finally, DSI follows the principle of progressive gain sharing – facilitating the ongoing creation of cost savings that result in a mutually rewarding relationship with our clients.