Monday, August 17, 2009

IIITM Press release on short term training program(10-14th Aug'09) on software engineering and management(“SEM-09”): Day Five

14th August 2009, Gwalior

The final day of MHRD/AICTE sponsored short term training program(10th to 14th August 2009) on software engineering and management(“SEM-09”) at Atal Bihari Vajpayee-Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management, Gwalior (ABV-IIITM, Gwalior), continued with the same vibration as was on the previous day. The eminent speakers on the day were Prof. B. Mahanty from Department of industrial Engineering and Management, IIT-Kharagpur, Dr. P. Acharya and Dr. Anurag Srivastava from IIITM, Gwalior.

The program covered both the classical approach of software engineering and the more contemporary software project management principles and practices under a single umbrella.

Prof. B. Mahanty talked on software project planning with different case studies and its different approaches. He said that each software project consists of four critical dimensions that are very important. These are: People, Process, Product and Technology.

Next session was taken by Dr. P. Acharya and Prof. B. Mahanty together. The session was on “Software Project Management in India” and the issues before project managers. According to them, the reason for the growth and success of the of the Indian firms was not only due to large English speaking and technically qualified manpower but also on continued and painstaking investment and effort of certain Indian firms to develop the project management capabilities in this business. They said that early estimation is always an issue that influences the success or failure of a software project to a great extent. Also the top management’s commitment and the developments’ preference are two factors influencing the adoption of software reuse practice in a firm. The Indian IT industry offers a plethora of opportunities for project managers to develop and fine tune their professional skills.

The final session of the day was taken up by Dr. Anurag Srivastava, on Free/Open source software engineering, its issues and challenges. He said that Open Source Software (OSS) has attracted enormous media and research attention since the term was coined in February 1998.In traditional commercial software development, software is treated as valuable property; the source code is not distributed and is protected by copyright and license agreements. In contrast, OSS is distributed with complete source code and recipients are encouraged to read the code and even to modify it to meet their individual needs. He said that it is a catalyst for the new organizational model in the networked economy, and as an essential facilitator in creating the open information society and bridging the “Digital Divide.”

It was followed by the Valedictory ceremony.

Media Cell: Chandan Kumar Singh(MBA 3rd sem), Shankti Singh(MBA 1st sem), Vaibhav Jain(MBA 1st sem), Jyotindra Gupta(MBA 1st sem)

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