“Objective excelled in understanding the unique challenges and opportunities of our defence and military data. Their skillset and problem solving attitude enabled us to work together to deliver our requirement for a bespoke online database. We are very pleased with the Military Balance+ product and look forward to working with our partners at Objective to evolve it further.” Joseph Dempsey, Research Associate and IISS Development Lead Military Balance+
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has published the trusted Military Balance book, the annual assessment of global military capabilities and defence economics, since 1959. Military Balance+ is the new frontier, offering an easy to use database, with data analysis tools and a bespoke search capability to instantly view, compare and download defence data anywhere, anytime.
Essex software development company Objective won the IISS tender to develop the Military Balance+ database. The IISS decision was based on Objective’s in depth understanding of the project requirements and a series of screen mock ups which were presented to assist the IISS team visualise the potential end result.
The agile development solution comprises three elements: a complex database including equipment taxonomies; a content management system with built in permission levels to change, approve and publish the frequent updates by the IISS analysts who continually monitor developments; and a simple to use subscriber database dashboard with data analysis tools. The dashboard queries and compares data across countries and provides visualisations in tabulated or chart formats.
This year-long project presented some significant challenges in that there was no pre-existing computer system to pave the way. Additionally, it was imperative to translate the data from the book in a consistent format and to then apply versioning to ensure the latest version is always displayed.
Working with the IISS dedicated team Simon Kalp, Technical Director at Objective led the project, he commented:
“Military Balance+ has been one of the most challenging projects we have undertaken. The Objective team has thoroughly enjoyed working on this system and learning new techniques to help IISS achieve their goals. The team at IISS were deeply involved throughout the project life cycle.”
About Military Balance+
With 3 years of data in the system, essential facts and analysis for decision-makers is available where and whenever it’s wanted. Intending to complement the book, Military Balance+ is available in Individual and Corporate subscription packages.
The Military Balance+ provides data on the military forces and defence economics of 171 countries. Subscribers can view military personnel numbers and deployments, search ongoing military operations and exercises, investigate defence budgets across the world, and search and view procurement contracts and activity.
With impartial measured analysis increasing in value, Military Balance+ will deliver authoritative, respected and reliable defence information.
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