Accession Number:

ADA230405

Title:

Standardizing Submissions to the Major Automated Information System Review Council

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST BETHESDA MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

This paper examines the procedures the ASD PL uses in preparing submissions to the MAISRC and identifies benefits, costs, and organizational interfaces as areas in which standardization may benefit PL-sponsored submissions. Benefits as presented in MAISRC submissions tend to be understated, principally because systems are frequently justified on the basis of quantifiable, economic criteria. The many unquantifiable system benefits are more difficult to analyze and consequently are often understated. In preparing MAISRC submissions, PL needs to ensure that the cost structure of the proposed information system is consistent with its capability. All capabilities should have corresponding cost categories. Analysts must identify those costs and tabulate them across the full system life cycle. PL should encourage the use of parametric costing methods at an early stage to supplement analogy based procedures and to validate engineering estimates and vendor quotes. Particular emphasis should be placed on software life-cycle costing. PL should take the following steps to expedite the MAISRC process 1 Articulate system requirements precisely, and structure the proposed cost analysis to reflect those requirements. 2 Clearly document the program costs and benefits, and indicate how each was measured. 3 Communicate early and frequently with other organizations in the MAISRC process, such as PAE and the Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE