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For the past ten years, the data processing profession has been
slowly learning that technology transfer is one of its biggest problems,
if not the biggest problem.
--Ed Yourdon, Forward, Agents of Change
Using New Technologies provides practical guidance on how to successfully transfer technology into your organization. Aimed at engineers and managers, the guidance is distilled from a broad base of experience and research and is illustrated by numerous examples. This guidance can be used both as part of a process improvement effort and in support of individual technology transfers.
This guidebook helps you, the technology consumer:
This guidebook helps you address the challenges --- technical, economical, human, and organizational --- in making your organization willing and able to transfer and use new technology.
Rapidly changing markets, tighter budgets, increasingly critical roles for technology, and new government and standards' requirements are issues that engineers and managers contend with daily. These factors require organizations to successfully select, adapt, introduce, and use new technologies. Because of these factors, all organizations transfer in new technology at one time or another; many do so frequently. However, most organizations follow an ad hoc technology transfer process. Just as developing software through an ad hoc process leads to spending more money than is needed on software development, transferring technology through an ad hoc process also leads to spending money on technology that is never recouped from using that technology.
In all transfers, regardless of the technology, you can follow a similar overall process for technology transfer. That is, the general principles of what you do during a technology transfer will differ little; how you do it may differ quite a bit. For example, in selecting a computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tool or in selecting a new network protocol, you should talk to potential users to understand their needs and requirements. How you get their input may differ, but the fact that you should get their input does not. You can take the same defined technology transfer process and adapt it to each situation. This guidebook provides a defined technology transfer process that you can adapt and use in all your transfer situations.
Technologies are changing at a dramatically faster rate than the rate at which organizations transfer and use them. This section recounts and compares studies on these rates of change in the software industry.
This guidebook is organized as follows:
2.0.8 1 June 94 Initial release to the PAL
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This documentation is provided "AS IS" and without any expressed or implied warranties whatsoever. No warranties as to performance, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose exist. The user must assume the entire risk and liability of using this document. In no event shall any person or organization of people be held responsible for any direct, indirect, consequential or inconsequential damages or lost profits.
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