Accession Number : ADA131085

Title :   DACS (Data and Analysis Center for Software) Conversion Data Collection Forms.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Jan-Jun 81.


PDF Url : ADA131085

Report Date : Jun 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : The economics and logistics of software inventory conversion are major procurement issues. In many cases the cost of the software conversion equals or exceeds the cost of the hardware procured. When a large multi-site hardware upgrade is involved, conversion may take years and requires a sizeable dedicated programming staff to complete. Conversion is a relatively new area of interest to software engineers but one that promises to present a whole new range of problems. At this time, little is known about the types of problems likely to occur during a conversion, the frequency with which they occur projects, their severity, and how they may be corrected or prevented. By collection data on past and present conversion efforts, information can be compiled which can be used for identifying problems and their demographics. A database of conversion data will help to conduct feasibility studies, estimate costs for performing conversions, identify conversion cost drivers, and help to establish cost-benefit relationships for conversion aids and tools. The DACS is seeking to establish such a database which will be made available to the software engineering community. This document describes three data collection forms designed to be used during software conversion.

Descriptors :   *Data acquisition, *Forms(Paper), *Computer programs, *Conversion, Costs, Systems analysis, Demography, Parameters, Problem solving, Identification, Error correction codes, Error detection codes

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Computer Programming and Software
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE