Software Acquisition Management: Managing the Acquisition of Custom Software Systems

Software Acquisition Management: Managing the Acquisition of Custom Software Systems

by John J. Marciniak, Donald J. Reifer
     
 

Professionals managing the acquisition of large-scale software systems require clear-cut strategies in order to determine which approach best fulfills their company’s needs. Software Acquisition Management is the first book to treat acquisition as a process that can be managed for optimum results. It provides managers with essential information for developing

Overview

Professionals managing the acquisition of large-scale software systems require clear-cut strategies in order to determine which approach best fulfills their company’s needs. Software Acquisition Management is the first book to treat acquisition as a process that can be managed for optimum results. It provides managers with essential information for developing, evaluating, and customizing quality software. The first part of Software Acquisition Management surveys the relationship of software acquisition to the phases of the software lifecycle—requirements, design, testing, and integration. It also explains the acquisition lifecycle—concept exploration, source acquisition, and performance management and strategies for procuring software systems. The second part of Software Acquisition Management provides actual management processes, techniques, and guidelines for use during the acquisition process. It describes the interaction and responsibilities of the buyer and seller and shows both parties how to divide and delegate tasks. It includes tips on writing a sound proposal. Important legal strategies for negotiating and finalizing procurement contracts are discussed and issues of quality and cost management are addressed. Finally, Software Acquisition Management looks at the future of software acquisition management by discussing the use of artificial intelligence and knowledge-based systems in the acquisition process. Special topics in acquisition management like data rights, reusability, maintenance, and productivity are also examined. By presenting the software acquisition environment from both the contractor and client perspective, Software Acquisition Management will help project managers, systems analysts, and other professionals procure software systems that meet software requirements and stay within budget and on schedule.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471506430
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/11/1990
Series:
Wiley Series in Software Engineering Practice Series, #6
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.97(d)

Meet the Author

About the authors JOHN J. MARCINIAK is Director of Technologies for CTA, Inc., where he is responsible for software development methodologies and strategic technology plans. The author of Software Quality Assurance and Management, Mr. Marciniak has more than twenty-five years of experience in computer systems and software development. He is a member of the IEEE, AIAA, AFA, and AFCEA. Mr. Marciniak received his BEE from the College of the City of New York and his MEE from the University of Oklahoma. DONALD J. REIFER is President of Reifer Consultants, Inc., a leading international software management consulting firm. Mr. Reifer has more than twenty-five years of progressive experience managing large software projects as a member of government and industry teams. He is a member of the ACM, IEEE, ISPA and SSCAG. He received his BSEE from Newark College of Engineering, MSOR from the University of Southern California (USC) and a Certificate in Business Management from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

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