AIR FORCE ADP EXPERIENCE HANDBOOK (PILOT VERSION)
Final rept. 16 Feb-15 Dec 1966
PLANNING RESEARCH CORP LOS ANGELES CA INFORMATION SYSTEMS DIV
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The purpose of the pilot version is to acquaint Air Force personnel with the concept of using highly organized, summarized, and retrievable ADP experience in judging proposals for new automation. The pilot version of the handbook contains data collected after the fact from only 18 ADP systems, and hence the handbook has limited usefulness for actual evaluation of ADPS proposals. It does however, contain cost estimation equations and narrative experience that will be useful until the 200 system handbook can be produced. Experience relevant to a proposed ADPS is retrieved from the handbook via information extracted from the proposal. The extracted information consists of quantitative workload descriptors of the proposed ADPS e.g., number of input data fields and number of output formats and certain qualitative descriptors e.g. centralized or decentralized operations and presence or absence of direct access storage. The quantitative workload descriptors are used with cost estimation iso-graphs in the handbook to predict costs, so that proposed cost factors e.g., man-months of development effort and dollars per month of hardware cost for application production may be compared with Air Force experience. Both quantitative and qualitative descriptors are used to retrieve relevant information form the 18 system descriptions found in the handbook. The retrieved experience will be used to check consistency and to uncover potential problems of the proposed ADPS that may be encountered during system development and operation. A primer on the use of this handbook applied to a hypothetical ADPS proposal is published separately as AD-646 866.
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