Would Consolidation of Army Software Engineering Organizations Help to Control Software Costs for Current and Future Systems
Technical Report,21 Jul 2014,16 Apr 2015
Defense Acquisition University Aberdeen Proving Ground United States
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Software sustainment costs continue to rise as the Army increases use of complex software-intensive systems to support military operations and associated business functions. Various studies have identified potential processes and procedures to help control software costs however, no study has been undertaken to determine whether organizational changes to the Army Materiel Commands AMC software support centers can improve performance and reduce costs.This study attempts to determine whether cost controls and improved software management techniques can be achieved through changes in AMCs software support organizations. Current software sustainment issues and concerns are also examined to determine whether organizational changes could address long-standing performance issues with software development and sustainment. AMC software and information technology IT project leaders, supervisors and managers within their software support centers were surveyed to determine whether they possessed the required expertise to lead softwareIT projects. These software leaders were asked whether their current organization provides the resources necessary for their projects to be successful and whether the consolidation of software centers could enhance AMCs ability to build and maintain software-intensive systems. Specific recommendations to optimize software acquisition, development, and sustainment have been suggested and captured in this study. The primary goal for the study is to determine whether centralization of software sustainment organizations can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of AMC software programs, thus minimizing the escalation of software sustainment costs.
- Computer Programming and Software