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Managing Software Acquisition: Open Systems and COTS Products, 1st edition

  • B Craig Meyers
  • Patricia Oberndorf

Published by Addison-Wesley Professional (July 12th 2001) - Copyright © 2001

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Overview

The acquisition of open systems and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products is an increasingly vital element of corporate and government software development. Properly managed software acquisition offers potential for significant time and cost savings over a system's lifetime. The transition from proprietary, custom-built systems to systems based on standards and commercial products is not easy, however. Managers and their staff must understand the risks and opportunities associated with this acquisition approach.

Managing Software Acquisition presents the fundamental principles and best practices for successful acquisition of open, COTS-based systems. It explores the many opportunities and challenges of this approach, defines key terms, anticipates potential problems, and discusses the effect of software acquisition on the manager's job. The information presented addresses critical concerns affecting the entire software industry; it also discusses important issues particular to government acquisition.

Managing Software Acquisition moves from a broad overview of the topic to experience-based advice on managing the transition and more detailed information on acquisition. You will find coverage of such topics as:
  • Promises and pitfalls of open, COTS-based system acquisition
  • Implications for industry and government--quality, loss of control, and risk
  • Reference models, architectures, and standards for open systems and COTS products
  • Implications for cost, schedule, performance, and staff
  • Engineering practices, including defining requirements, integration, testing, deployment, and support
  • Contracting strategies and relationships with vendors
  • Integrated acquisition using standards and COTS products

Each major section concludes with realistic, open-ended exercises that illustrate vital issues confronting software acquisition managers. In addition, the book includes an extensive reference section containing a glossary, list of acronyms, sample questions to help organizations evaluate their needs, and more.



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Table of contents



Preface.

I. GETTING STARTED.

1. An Overview of Acquisition.

The Project Manager Perspective.

Acquisition Strategies.

Looking Ahead.

Summary.

Food For Thought.
2. Promises and Pitfalls.

Key Definitions.

The Promises.

The Pitfalls.

Summary.

Food For Thought.
3. The Paradigm Shift of Open Systems and COTS Products.

Essence of the Paradigm Shift.

Consequences of the Paradigm Shift.

Marketplace Considerations.

Importance of the Interface.

Product Quality Characteristics.

The Loss of Control.

Implications for the Government.

Summary.

Food For Thought.
4. Elements of an Open, COTS-Based Approach.

An Overview of The Approach.

The Elements of the Approach.

Iteration.

Summary.

Food For Thought.

II. UNDERSTANDING THE NEW WORLD.

5. Reference Models and Architectures.

Abstraction.

Reference Models.

Architectures.

A Comparison of Reference Models and Architectures.

Trends.

Summary.

Food for Thought.
6. Standards.

What Is a Standard?

Standards Organizations and Their Processes.

Characteristics of Standards.

Standards Maturity.

Profiles.

Conformance.

Sources of More Information.

Standards in Government.

Summary.

Food For Thought.
7. Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Products.

Kinds of Off-the-Shelf Components.

Key Characteristics of COTS Products.

Deciding to Use COTS Products.

Negotiating Between Requirements and the Marketplace.

Buyer Beware.

Government Policy Implications.

Summary.

Food for Thought.
8. Acquisition Roadmaps.

A General Approach.

Open Systems Highway.

Upgrades.

The Open, COTS-Based Path.

Integration.

Summary.

Food For Thought.

III. MANAGING THE TRANSITION.

9. How Open Systems and COTS Products Can Change Your Business.

Kinds of Changes.

Potential Changes.

Summary.

Food for Thought.
10. Special Concerns for Managers.

The Manager's Quest for Control.

Cost.

Schedule.

Performance.

People.

Transition Strategies.

Summary.

Food for Thought.
11. Engineering Practices.

Determine Concepts, Requirements, and Reference Models.

Define Architectures, Components and Interfaces.

Select Standards.

Select Implementations.

Acquire Implementations.

Integrate and Test.

Deploy and Support.

Summary.

Food for Thought.
12. Procurement Practices.

Contracting Strategies.

Contracting Documentation.

The Role of the Players.

Government Contracting Concerns.

Summary.

Food for Thought.

IV. CONSIDERING ACQUISITION.

13. An Acquisition Framework.

Defining A Framework.

Acquisition Activities.

Acquisition Events.

Relations Among Activities and Events.

Timing Considerations.

Framework Summary.

Acquisition Strategies.

Summary.

Food For Thought.
14. Acquisition Models.

Characterizing Acquisition Models.

Waterfall Model.

Refined Waterfall Model.

Spiral Acquisition Models.

Summary.

Food For Thought.
15. Acquisition Models for Open, COTS-Based Systems.

The Overall Context.

Standards.

COTS Products.

Integration of Standards and COTS Product Acquisition Elements.

Acquisition Model Considerations.

Management Implications.

Multi-Project Acquisition.

Summary.

Food For Thought.

V. CLOSING THOUGHTS.

16. Looking Ahead.

VI. APPENDIXES.

Appendix A: Glossary.

Appendix B: Acronym List.

Appendix C: Sample Questions.

Appendix D: References.

Index. 0201704544T06252001

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