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Software Estimation Inside-out


Software size estimation is one of the most critical and difficult activities in the software planning process. Measuring software size goes a long way toward determining the effort, schedule, and budget required for a project. Learn how misjudging or misunderstanding the scope and size of a project can result in budget and schedule overruns, and failed deliveries that can cause total project failure.

estimation  Estimation Inside-out Software size estimation is one of the most critical and difficult activities in the software planning process. Measuring software size goes a long way toward determining the effort, schedule, and budget required for a project. Learn how misjudging or misunderstanding the scope and size of a project can result in budget and schedule overruns, and failed deliveries that can cause total project failure. Read More

The Delphi Technique for Software Estimation


The Delphi technique—drawing wise counsel from senior and experienced software developers—can help you prepare estimates for software development projects. With this method of software estimation, project specifications are given to a few experts, depending on their availability. Learn about the essential steps involved in this software estimation methodology for more accurate estimates of software development effort.

estimation  Delphi Technique for Software Estimation The Delphi technique—drawing wise counsel from senior and experienced software developers—can help you prepare estimates for software development projects. With this method of software estimation, project specifications are given to a few experts, depending on their availability. Learn about the essential steps involved in this software estimation methodology for more accurate estimates of software development effort. Read More

Productivity for Software Estimators


Presently, software estimation is considered to be an art rather than a science. At the heart of this perception is the lack of understanding of the concept of "productivity." This article attempts to provide insight into the concept of productivity.

estimation  Concerns with Software Size Estimation The present scenario in the software industry is that there are multiple units of software size measures. These units of measure include function points, use case points (UCP), object points, feature points, Internet points, test points, mark II function point analysis (FPA), lines of code (LOC), etc. There is no accepted way of converting software size from one unit of measure into another. One odd aspect of these measures is that the size of the software is Read More

Software Estimation How to Go About It


While many software professionals know one or more software sizing techniques—most have a reasonable understanding of function point analysis (FPA) or use case point techniques—they’re often stymied when it comes to making a real-life estimate. Learn a methodology that can help you make realistic estimates, including best- and worst-case scenarios that you can use to make pricing and delivery commitments to clients.

estimation  Estimation How to Go About It While many software professionals know one or more software sizing techniques—most have a reasonable understanding of function point analysis (FPA) or use case point techniques—they’re often stymied when it comes to making a real-life estimate. Learn a methodology that can help you make realistic estimates, including best- and worst-case scenarios that you can use to make pricing and delivery commitments to clients. Read More

Criteria for Selecting a Software Estimation Tool


A plethora of software estimation tools are available, each claimed to be better than the others, thereby confusing prospective buyers. An effective tool ought to provide for all four aspects of software estimation, namely, size, effort, cost, and schedule.

estimation  for Selecting a Software Estimation Tool Software development outsourcing has now become commonplace. So, it has become necessary for the outsourcer and the provider to reach an agreement about the size, development effort, cost, and development schedule of the software product being outsourced. This has caused software estimation to move from hunch-based estimation to the use of mature, research-backed estimation techniques. The process of estimation has also moved from manual estimation using spreadshee Read More

Guidelines for Specification of Data Center Power Density


Conventional methods for specifying data center density don’t provide the guidance to assure predictable power and cooling performance for the latest IT equipment. Discover an improved method that can help assure compatibility with anticipated high-density loads, provide unambiguous instruction for design and installation of power and cooling equipment, prevent oversizing, and maximize electrical efficiency.

estimation  guideline value for density estimation. This guideline is based on the average power and cooling requirement, including clearances, experienced in existing 1N and 2N data center installations. The exact value will depend on the power and cooling architecture selected, room constraints and the guidelines provided by the system supplier. For example, in the case of the APC InfraStruXure data center system, APC provides computer aided design tools which perform this calculation for each room design. Read More

VISIBILITY.net for Complex Custom Manufacturing


VISIBILITY.net ERP by Visibility Corporation has been added to the list of enterprise resource planning (ERP) products certified by TEC. VISIBILITY.net can now be evaluated online alongside other solutions for engineer-to-order manufacturing. Here are some of the highlights.

estimation  environment, product configuration and estimation practices, field service, and warranty business processes.   The VISIBILITY.net system itself is a fully integrated ERP system that is built on top of a service-oriented architecture (SOA) using Microsoft .NET technology and is 100% browser based. It includes a number of integrated collaborative capabilities, including workflow, comment trees, document attachments and linking, a scheduling and distribution engine, and customer/vendor portals. The system Read More

Baan And SSA GT Merge To Form A Mid-Market Empire With An ''Iron Side'' Part Two: Market Impact On Baan


Baan is now in a much better company, one that is solely dedicated to the enterprise applications business. In addition to Baan being in a better shape and hardly resembling its 1999/2000 incarnation - this time the vendor was rather a victim of its now ex parent's 'sins' than of self-inflicted wounds, which was the case prior to its Invensys stint.

estimation  from a project definition, estimation and management (e.g., project-based resource planning or PRP) perspective. With the introduction of BAAN IV product release, Baan was one of the first ERP vendors to deliver serial effectivity and the US government-specific financial control and reporting. Despite a number of lost customers during multiple transitions, Baan has, at least, addressed the existing customer base attrition, partly by its senior management personally reassuring the major customers of the Read More

Attributes of Sarbanes-Oxley Tool Sets Part Two: Information and Communication, Monitoring, and Startup Tips


An earlier article, Audit Considerations for Enterprise Software Implementations, included a brief discussion of the use of computer-based tool sets and repositories to facilitate compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Here we examine this issue in more detail. Of particular interest are the key characteristics that you should look for when selecting such tool sets. Read on to see how these tool sets can assist your company in meeting the new audit challenges facing corporate America.

estimation  rules applied consistently from estimation, order entry, shipment and invoicing as to pricing, discounting, cost of sales and the reduction of product inventory, the computation of sales taxes to be collected and paid to the government and where applicable accrual of sales commissions. Manual adjustments and other infrequent transactions must undergo similar verification. The resource-centric control files give everyone a cohesive picture of all the rules that apply to each type of resource. For example, Read More

Supply Chain Management: Morphing the Functional Scope of Service Parts


The quintessential business challenge is to minimize downtime on assets while minimizing the cost of spare and replacement parts inventory. To meet these challenges, heavy investments have been made in extensive spare ad replacement parts networks.

estimation  are created through crude estimation, guesswork and historical extrapolation. Intelligent design and modeling of service offerings include pricing of offering, SLA and inventory tradeoffs, and network configuration scenarios to optimize investment in assets to achieve maximum return. Strategic Forecasting Production-based forecasting from historical demand that does not recognize probabilistic nature of demand. A proprietary composite forecasting methodology that combines time series demand history with Read More

Estimating Test Effort: Finding the Model That Is Right for You


Estimation process improvement offers a significant opportunity to get more success out of your software projects. As you gain a better understanding of the factors influencing your estimates and as you complete more iterations of each estimate, your model can become more sophisticated. Discover how to approach the task systematically with a defined technique and supporting data—an advantage over ad hoc techniques.

estimation  Is Right for You Estimation process improvement offers a significant opportunity to get more success out of your software projects. As you gain a better understanding of the factors influencing your estimates and as you complete more iterations of each estimate, your model can become more sophisticated. Discover how to approach the task systematically with a defined technique and supporting data—an advantage over ad hoc techniques. Read More

Margin Squeeze and Globalization in the Food and Beverage Industry


In the food and beverage industry, the channel master makes final volume decisions and mostly controls the unit price, with the manufacturer having limited power to increase or maintain prices. The only real variable the manufacturer does control is cost.

estimation  forecasting (and ultimately the estimation of demand) in the food and beverage industries is highly dynamic, affected by price changes, promotions, seasonality, and many external factors. Effective demand planning is necessary to optimize manufacturing and distribution asset utilization; reduce the cost of finished goods inventory; and promote high customer service levels by minimizing stock-outs. Globalization The food industry long thought it was safe from the impacts of globalization. It reasoned that Read More

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Comprehensive RFI/RFP Template


ore PLM for both discrete and process industries (Engineering Change Management, Data Vaulting, BOM Management, Recipe Management, Product Cost Estimation, etc.), Product Development and Portfolio Management, Manufacturing Process Management (MPM), Ideation & Requirements Management, Service Data Management, Regulatory and Compliance, and Application Technology

estimation  Recipe Management, Product Cost Estimation, etc.) Product Development and Portfolio Management Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) Ideation & Requirements Management Service Data Management Regulatory and Compliance Product Information Management (PIM) Application Technology This functional and technical requirement set template covers industry-standard functional criteria of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) that can help you easily gather and prioritize your business needs in a simple and Read More

TEC's Industry News Watch: This Week in Enterprise Software News


SOFTWARE SELECTIONS AND GO-LIVESU.S. Army selects HP for enterprise cloud computing services Cloud computing "HP was selected by the U.S Army to provide the Department of Defense and other agencies with cloud computing services. This contract includes private cloud services as well as mobile and data center management. This is an important step for HP and cloud computing providers in order to

estimation  tracking and future demand estimation. Infor10 ERP Business (SyteLine) (specifically its advanced planning and forecasting functionality) should definitely facilitate these tasks. —Aleksey Osintsev, TEC Research Analyst TEC profile for Infor ERP Compare Infor to its competitors Press release Nordic Cast Sourcing goes live with Epicor ERP Distribution This international distributor and supplier of metal products has never used an ERP application before, but business realities required online tracking Read More

Developing a Universal Approach to Cleansing Customer and Product Data


Data quality has always been an important issue for companies, and today it’s even more so. But are you up-to-date on current industry problems concerning data quality? Do you know how to address quality problems with customer, product, and other types of corporate data? Discover how data cleansing tools help improve data constancy and accuracy, and find out why you need an enterprise-wide approach to data management.

estimation  This disparity in cost estimation existed not only from company to company but among senior information technology managers within the same organization. – Andrea Malcolm, Poor Data Quality Costs 10% of Revenues, Survey Reveals, ComputerWorld, July 1998. The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) > estimates that poor quality customer data costs U.S. businesses a staggering $611 billion a year in postage, printing, and staff overhead. – Wayne W. Eckerson, Data Quality and the Bottom Line, TDWI Read More