11th Systems Administration Conference (LISA '97)
Developing Interim Systems
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
One of the recent challenges in the aerospace industry has been to
smoothly transition operations-oriented computer systems to meet
increasing demands on smaller budgets. Sometimes the best solution is
not affordable, but the current situation is equally untenable. Change
becomes necessary, but is only acceptable at minimal operational
impact and financial costs.
Frequently, interim software
solutions must be developed while new hardware is under design or
production. These interim systems are characterized by an immediate
need with a limited budget. This paper discusses several factors
involved with producing a working software set in minimal time, such
as the initial approach, budgetary concerns, and resource-scavenging.
By recognizing the importance of these factors, interim system
developers will be able to produce working systems with a minimum of
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