Project at a glance: DISA's Open Source Corporate Management Information System
Organization: Defense Information Systems Agency's Manpower, Personnel and Security Directorate
Project: Open Source Corporate Management Information System
Challenge: The DISA manpower directorate had a number of processes it needed to automate. However, the commercial options for such tasks were limited or too expensive.
Solution: With a development team of only seven programmers, Richard Nelson led the work to develop more than 50 applications. The agency then put the programs under an open-source license, which will allow other organizations to reuse, and even improve, the software.
Effect: More than 16,000 military personnel now use the applications. Also, other government agencies are evaluating the applications for possible use.
Duration: The first applications were developed in 2006. In March, DISA signed a cooperative research and development agreement with the Open Source Software Institute to help manage an open-source distribution of the software.