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Legacy and NI Week 2012

Long-Term support in the picture, at..

Legacy and NI Week 2012

Long-Term support in the picture, at National Instruments Services Booth for  NI Week 2012

When people think of “legacy”, they often think of what is being passed along or left to the future.  We believe a business’ legacy is the lasting mark they make on the industry, impacting future generations of innovators.

That is why I look forward to the keynote addresses at NI Week.  Each day demonstrates the global impact that National Instruments solutions have; whether it is wind farms, robotic sailboats, or the future of American Manufacturing.

This year, in addition to news about new developments in establishing their future legacy, I was also pleased to hear about how NI Services is addressing legacy support, in an engineering and sustainment arena.

In the world of obsolescence management, “legacy” refers to the tried and proven technology that has lasted many years beyond a product’s original life cycle. Consider technology like the Lockheed CASS system, which future generations of technicians will use to test aviation systems.  For programs like CASS, a life cycle could be upwards of 20 years, during which time upgrading because of an “obsolete” embedded board just isn’t an option.

GDCA’s partnerships with embedded OEMs like National Instruments ensures that programs like CASS can continue to work the way they were meant to rather than getting side-tracked by the COTS treadmill of counterfeit risk, sourcing challenges, and re-certification. Now CASS users know their legacy is assured.

Kaye and The GDCA Team


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