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Enabling Transition from Sustainment to Engineering within the DoD

Thomas Evans and Douglas C. Schmidt discuss challenges sustainment teams face when transitioning from sustainment to engineering in the DoD.

Software Engineering Institute




Organic software sustainment organizations within the Department of Defense are expanding beyond their traditional purview of software maintenance into software engineering and development. Instead of repairing and maintaining legacy software in already deployed systems, software sustainment teams must now shift to designing and implementing new software architectures and code. Unfortunately, many of these sustainment teams are taking on these new responsibilities without proper guidance and an understanding the people, process, and technology issues that must first be addressed in these new roles. In this podcast, Thomas Evans, a senior software architect at the SEI, and Douglas C. Schmidt, associate provost of research at Vanderbilt University and former chief technical officer at the SEI, discuss the challenges that software sustainment teams face while making this transition and strategies for success.

About the Speaker

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Thomas Evans

Thomas Evans is a senior software architect and acting initiative lead in the SEI’s Software Solutions Division. In this role, Evans leads teams in the evaluation of software systems, advises and promotes best practices, researches and prototypes software system modernization solutions, and champions the use of open architectures to save …

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Douglas C. Schmidt

Douglas Schmidt (Vanderbilt University)

Douglas Schmidt is an SEI alumni employee.

Douglas Schmidt is a visiting scientist at the SEI working on special projects for the SEI director. Schmidt is the former chief technical officer of the SEI. Schmidt is currently the associate provost for research, development, and technologies at Vanderbilt University and co-director …

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