Software Assurance Technology Center (SATC)



The Software Assurance Technology Center (SATC) was established in 1992 as part of the Systems Reliability and Safety Office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The SATC was founded with the intent to become a center of excellence in software assurance, dedicated to making measurable improvement in both the quality and reliability of software developed for NASA at GSFC. SATC is self-supported with internal funding coming from research and application of current software engineering techniques and tools. Research funding primarily originates at NASA headquarters and is administered by it's Software IV&V Facility in Fairmont, WV. Other support comes directly from development projects for direct collaboration and technical support.

Systems and Software Consortium, Inc (SSCI)


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Systems and Software Consortium, Inc (SSCI)

Systems and Software Consortium, Inc (SSCI) (previously Software Productivity Consortium), a non-profit organization of more than 100 companies, government agencies, and universities, develops processes, methods, tools, and supporting services that help its members and affiliates to build high-integrity, software-intensive systems. Consortium products and services support the entire development lifecycle, from requirements analysis and systems design through component-based development, automated testing, and the integration of object-oriented and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies.

The Consortium program integrates systems and software process improvement and measurement activities with proven lifecycle development and management methods for systems and software engineering. We are the leading providers of CMM®- and CMMISM-based assessments and evaluations of software and systems engineering maturity, and increasingly help our members to leverage their investments in these frameworks to also comply with ISO, Six Sigma, and other quality guidelines.

The Consortium’s measurement products and services provide guidance and support to organizations involved in measurement programs at all levels of process maturity. From the initial stages of defining and collecting cost and schedule metrics to the establishment of a quantitative management and ROI assessment program, the Consortium can provide technologies, training, and consulting expertise to help organizations achieve business objectives through a robust measurement program.

The Power of Process

This is a concise, straight forward, and clear discussion of the value of using process. Examples of cutting time-to-market and reducing costs and defects by factors of 3 to 10 are provided from actual organizations. The author challenges the view that process is rigid, restrictive, and inefficient. This article is valuable reading for managers of systems and software projects.

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