Software Acquisition Management: Managing the Acquisition of Custom Software Systems (Wiley Series in Software Engineering Practice)

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Computers/Software Engineering Clear-cut strategies for superior system choices… Most organizations planning the acquisition of a large-scale software system carefully monitor the software development process. But management of the software acquisition process is equally important to guarantee a system that fully meets an organization’s needs. Software Acquisition Management details the entire software acquisition lifecycle and shows you how to tailor management methodologies to fit your specific acquisition project. This single-source guide provides project managers, systems analysts, and others with step-by-step methods for evaluating, selecting, purchasing, and customizing quality software.

  • Covers important legal strategies for proposing, negotiating, and finalizing procurement contracts
  • Includes examples for developing reasonable cost estimates, cost management, and cost accounting
  • Differentiates and clarifies the responsibilities of buyer and seller; provides techniques for dividing and delegating acquisition tasks
From writing a sound proposal to dealing with data rights, Software Acquisition Management is an essential reference that you’ll turn to again and again throughout the software acquisition process.

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A unique treatment, this book is designed to provide real answers to software acquisition managment--the processes of acquiring, via formal agreement with the developer (contract), software that has to be developed or has a rather large content requiring development. This guide explores and answers several questions, including: What are the issues?; How should you deal with the contractor environment and contracting process?; How are software management requirements incorporated into the contract and managed?; and How is visibility achieved in the development process? The authors approach the subject on a broad scale, rather than concentrating on a specific management environment. However, specific examples are used to explain management precepts and guidelines that can be applied to software development efforts in any management environment.

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Professionals managing the acquisition of large-scale software systems require clear-cut strategies in order to determine which approach best fulfills their company’s needs. Software Acquisition Management is the first book to treat acquisition as a process that can be managed for optimum results. It provides managers with essential information for developing, evaluating, and customizing quality software. The first part of Software Acquisition Management surveys the relationship of software acquisition to the phases of the software lifecycle—requirements, design, testing, and integration. It also explains the acquisition lifecycle—concept exploration, source acquisition, and performance management and strategies for procuring software systems. The second part of Software Acquisition Management provides actual management processes, techniques, and guidelines for use during the acquisition process. It describes the interaction and responsibilities of the buyer and seller and shows both parties how to divide and delegate tasks. It includes tips on writing a sound proposal. Important legal strategies for negotiating and finalizing procurement contracts are discussed and issues of quality and cost management are addressed. Finally, Software Acquisition Management looks at the future of software acquisition management by discussing the use of artificial intelligence and knowledge-based systems in the acquisition process. Special topics in acquisition management like data rights, reusability, maintenance, and productivity are also examined. By presenting the software acquisition environment from both the contractor and client perspective, Software Acquisition Management will help project managers, systems analysts, and other professionals procure software systems that meet software requirements and stay within budget and on schedule.

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