"We have met the enemy and he is PowerPoint."

The inspiration to design and develop casym was therefore born of a series of tasks conducted for research projects dealing with the modelling of complex systems, and subsequent to an article in the New York Times entitled “We have met the enemy and he is PowerPoint”. This is an amusing article in which the journalist Elisabeth Bumiller analyses the role of PowerPoint, a Microsoft software application, in American military life. She looks at what is now known as General Petraeus’ “bowl of spaghetti”, referring to an incredibly complex slide representing the American military strategy in Afghanistan.

CThis article confirms a certain number of absurdities relating to IT tools used at the highest strategic levels during times of analysis and decision-making. First of all, these tools provide static descriptions of a situation that, as precise and pertinent as they may be, do not lead to an in-depth understanding of this situation because its complexity is shown as a whole. These static descriptions do not lead to an objective and pragmatic understanding of the interconnections of the political, economic, financial, human, religious and legal forces that are at play. As a result, these descriptions are also non-functional in a forward-looking manner, that is, in determining the consequences of certain decisions with respect to the current or planned situation. Last but not least, with regard to this complexity, they are very difficult to interpret and present to people, decision-makers or otherwise, who did not participate in their design.

Casym therefore aims to provide the persons involved in the analysis and simulation of all types of complex situations, with a software application space allowing them to concentrate exclusively on their decision-making issues.

This primary objective is fostered by the following capacities:

Being aware of all aspects

Quickly become aware of all the data aspects relating to a specific problem such as consistency, volume, quality, certainty, completeness, dangers, etc.

External sources

Benefit from the assistance of external information sources

Arguments

Produce and explore the arguments relating to the purpose of a data item

Collaboration

Collaborate with experts from different or not areas