Accession Number : ADA301561

Title :   Strategic Planning Tools Based on Object-Oriented Technology. Phase I.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept.,

Corporate Author : SEARCH TECHNOLOGY INC NORCROSS GA

Personal Author(s) : Cody, William J.

PDF Url : ADA301561

Report Date : 23 MAR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : The purpose of this project was to define requirements for, design, and prototype a computer-based support system for R&D program managers (PMs). We call this support system the Program Manager's Associate (PMA). We specify the initial PMA for ARPA with the longer range aim of commercializing PMA for PMs in various government, business, and academic settings. This project builds upon our work on computer-based "associates," particularly in the design domain, resulting in commercial software for strategic planning and technological design. This base is enriched by Georgia Tech's "technology opportunities analysis" software that draws upon electronic information searching to profile and forecast R&D activities and trends. The current project explored the nature of the ARPA PM's job to specify system functionality. This led to the identification of five main functions for the ARPA PMA: We then developed a prototype PMA using PowerBuilder. The prototype is a Windows application that interacts with conventional office applications, and demonstrates how the PM's five functions would be supported. The PMA would also facilitate cross-program coordination by providing access to ARPA program information in structured, consistent ways. In addition, it provides a vehicle to help prepare new PMs to work in the ARPA environment.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, ELECTRONICS, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, TOOLS, PROTOTYPES, SEARCHING, WINDOWS, COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT, COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, MILITARY PLANNING.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE