Accession Number : ADA567344


Title :   An Analysis of Information Systems Technology Initiatives and Small Businesses in the DoD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Ryburn, Sean H


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a567344.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 171


Abstract : In order to address rising costs, limited innovation, and an acquisition system that lacks the flexibility to design and field best-of-breed information technology systems, the DoD has implemented open systems architecture initiatives in information technology acquisition. One benefit of open systems architecture is that it expands competition to many suppliers including small businesses to enhance innovation and reduce costs. The growing acceptance of open systems architecture initiatives in DoD acquisition creates a significant access opportunity for small businesses, particularly for those who already participate in the existing DoD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which is congressionally mandated to provide research and development contracts specifically to innovative small businesses. However, successfully leveraging the SBIR program to advance open systems architecture initiatives requires the DoD proactively communicate that intent to small businesses participating in the program. This research examines the extent to which the DoD uses the SBIR program to incorporate small businesses in the acquisition of IT systems that advance open systems initiatives. Additionally, this research analyzes SBIR firms to better understand participant experiences as well as the characteristics of small IT businesses who participate in the DoD SBIR program to meet the IT R&D challenges of the DoD.


Descriptors :   *COMMERCE , *INFORMATION SYSTEMS , *OPEN SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE , ACCEPTABILITY , ACCESS , ACQUISITION , ARCHITECTURE , CONTRACTS , DETECTORS , THESES


Subject Categories : Information Science
      Computer Hardware
      Computer Systems


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE