Course Details

This course may be offered by special arrangement at customer sites.

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Phone: 412-268-7622

This is a customer site only course.

This course may be offered by special arrangement at customer sites.


Open Systems: The Promises and the Pitfalls is a two and one-half-day course.
The daily schedule is:
Day 1, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Day 2, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Day 3, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Overview
  • Open Systems Landscape
  • Defining Open Systems
  • Basics of an open systems approach
  • Reference models and architectures
  • Standards
  • NDI and COTS
  • Open system roadmaps & integration
  • Impacts of changes
  • Evidence
  • Special concerns for PMOs
  • Managing the transition
  • Final exercise
  • Summary
While there are no prerequisites, it is helpful for participants to be familiar with government acquisition, computer-based systems - particularly mission-critical systems, and have experience working with government program management offices.
Participants will receive course visuals and notes, reference materials, exercises, and handouts.

The various resource materials provided throughout the course will assist participants once they return to their home organization. These reference materials include a glossary, an annotated bibliography, a list of related Web sites, sample questions, policy and procurement statements.

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