Accession Number : ADA294918

Title :   Development of a Transparent Computer Application Distribution System for the Directorate of Civil Works.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Personal Author(s) : Harmet, Laura L. ; Japel, Edward J. ; Maxwell, Scott ; Schmidt, Wayne J.

PDF Url : ADA294918

Report Date : APR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : The number of computer programs and updates developed and distributed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to grow. Processing, archiving onto diskette, and mailing this software can cost the Corps thousands of dollars and dozens of man-hours each year. Furthermore, diskettes are subject to damage or delay, which can create extra unnecessary costs for the Corps and its customers. This report documents the development of GAPPL (Get Application), a computer application distribution system designed to provide users in the Directorate of Civil Works quick, cost-effective access to group software and updates. GAPPL was designed to work transparently to the computer novice while offering the experienced user capabilities for customizing certain settings to better meet individual needs. GAPPL has been in use by the Civil Works Operations and Maintenance Branch since 1992. A return on investment for GAPPL has not been calculated, but experience with another electronically distributed Corps application suggests that distribution savings for a single new application to 40 districts may amount to almost $7200 annually. GAPPL is designed to distribute up to 30 applications.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *DELIVERY, *COST ANALYSIS, *DISTRIBUTION, *CONSUMERS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, DAMAGE, PROTOTYPES, COSTS, USER NEEDS, ACCESS, COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, DISKS, MICROCOMPUTERS, SAVINGS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Computer Programming and Software
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE