Comments
yourfanat wrote: I am using another tool for Oracle developers - dbForge Studio for Oracle. This IDE has lots of usefull features, among them: oracle designer, code competion and formatter, query builder, debugger, profiler, erxport/import, reports and many others. The latest version supports Oracle 12C. More information here.
Cloud Expo on Google News
SYS-CON.TV
Cloud Expo & Virtualization 2009 East
PLATINUM SPONSORS:
IBM
Smarter Business Solutions Through Dynamic Infrastructure
IBM
Smarter Insights: How the CIO Becomes a Hero Again
Microsoft
Windows Azure
GOLD SPONSORS:
Appsense
Why VDI?
CA
Maximizing the Business Value of Virtualization in Enterprise and Cloud Computing Environments
ExactTarget
Messaging in the Cloud - Email, SMS and Voice
Freedom OSS
Stairway to the Cloud
Sun
Sun's Incubation Platform: Helping Startups Serve the Enterprise
POWER PANELS:
Cloud Computing & Enterprise IT: Cost & Operational Benefits
How and Why is a Flexible IT Infrastructure the Key To the Future?
Click For 2008 West
Event Webcasts
TASC Report Warns of Risks of Lowest Price Acquisition Approach
Complex mission-critical services require technically rigorous evaluations

CHANTILLY, Va., Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Increased reliance by government customers on the Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) acquisition strategy poses unnecessary risks such as budget overruns, delivery delays and, in the worst cases, mission failure.  According to a new report by TASC, Inc., the LPTA process can be appropriate for commoditized services with clearly defined requirements, but not for complex services that support sophisticated, high-risk missions.  In cases where the government does elect to use the LPTA process, it should rigorously define and evaluate technical acceptability and past performance to avoid compromising the performance of the program or system and, ultimately, the success of the mission.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120730/PH48590LOGO )

"The lowest cost can fast become very expensive when looking at mission-support services important to national security," says Jerry Howe, senior vice president and general counsel of TASC.  "When mission requirements are constantly evolving – as is the case in many national security programs – the government should be seeking the 'best value' services, that is, services provided by specialists with highly sophisticated technical skills and deep domain expertise that exhibit the agility to adjust quickly to complex and changing needs."

The TASC report makes the case that using the LPTA approach in the acquisition of complex mission services can compromise mission success and increase total program costs over time when factoring in rework and related costs.  To achieve the best value, TASC recommends that solicitations for complex services adopt a classic best-value, cost-technical tradeoff approach that considers innovation, scheduling rigor and program cost containment.  When the government does use the LPTA process, technical and past performance requirements should be defined precisely.  In addition, applying detailed technical criteria using scenario-based evaluations, high standards of past performance and price-realism analyses are essential to mitigate the risk of unsuccessful performance on a given contract solicited on an LPTA basis.  The TASC report offers examples of solicitations that utilize these recommendations.

"It is essential that contractors hired by the government to deliver complex services have the technical qualifications and domain knowledge to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow," says Howe.  "We live in an era where systems must work the first time and every time, not only to accomplish the mission, but also to meet affordability goals and budget objectives."

Download the TASC report "The Challenge of Applying the LPTA Process to the Procurement of Complex Services."  For more information and career opportunities, visit http://www.tasc.com.

Media Contact:  Christine Nyirjesy Bragale, TASC Public Relations Manager, Christine.Bragale@TASC.com, (703) 653-5996.

 

SOURCE TASC, Inc.

About PR Newswire
Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Cloud Developer Stories
The physical world holds the key to unlocking unseen business opportunities that expand revenue, optimize operations and delight customers and users. What if you could turn normally hidden bits of information in your business' physical assets into valuable insights that fuel grow...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudian, Inc., the leading provider of hybrid cloud storage solutions, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
Recent high profile security breaches at major online websites tell us static passwords are not the answer. Even recent SMS security additions to consumer websites do little to address the issue. Fortunately, a more secure authentication system is available for consumer websites...
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website require...
Internet of @ThingsExpo Silicon View billboards on Highway 101 are seen by 1.3 million motorists per week. Internet of @ThingsExpo announces that its Call for Papers is now open. Topics include all aspects of providing or using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a serv...
Subscribe to the World's Most Powerful Newsletters
Subscribe to Our Rss Feeds & Get Your SYS-CON News Live!
Click to Add our RSS Feeds to the Service of Your Choice:
Google Reader or Homepage Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe with Bloglines Subscribe in NewsGator Online
myFeedster Add to My AOL Subscribe in Rojo Add 'Hugg' to Newsburst from CNET News.com Kinja Digest View Additional SYS-CON Feeds
Publish Your Article! Please send it to editorial(at)sys-con.com!

Advertise on this site! Contact advertising(at)sys-con.com! 201 802-3021



SYS-CON Featured Whitepapers
ADS BY GOOGLE

Breaking Cloud Computing News

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH), one of the world’s largest manufacturers ...