Reducing Software Costs through Standardization of Design and Configuration Management
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The Air Force requires a centralized and cost and effective method for designing and implementing new data processing systems. Similarly, the implementation must also be applied to current data processing systems. The basic premise focuses on the fact that computer hardware prices have steadily decreased over the last fifteen years however, the cost of software has become more expensive during this same period. With this point in mind, it does not make sense to use a general purpose computer to perform a variety of functions. This is especially true if the hardware is not suited to perform a certain function easily. The software, the most costly part of a data processing system, should not be constrained by the hardware. Additionally, when the same function is performed by several separate organizations, it makes sense to have compatible hardware at these locations. Thus, the same software can be utilized at these locations. Consequently, the standardization of hardware to insure the transportability of software requires a thorough investigation. Standardization and transportability are explored in depth. The focus is on several Department of Defense DOD computer systems. The ideas and strategies expressed in this thesis can be applied to any automated function.
- Computer Programming and Software