MITRE Ronald Fante Best Paper Program Honors ReadyNote with Incentive Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 19 July 2011 -- IEEE Computer Society Press authors Susan K. (Kathy) Land and Kenneth A. Gotski have received award recognition from the MITRE Ronald Fante Best Paper program for their 2010 ReadyNote, "From Legacy to Enterprise: Enterprise Systems Engineering in the Reluctant Organization."

In their award-winning piece, Land and Gotski offer practical advice on how to transform a legacy program into one that employs the engineering approaches effective in large-scale enterprises. The authors provide a management framework for addressing the challenges of large-scale complex systems as related to the socio-technical environment unique to an Enterprise effort. The paper also identifies common technical, organizational, and interpersonal difficulties and provides guidance on how engineers might guide systems, organizations, and individuals in moving from a legacy to an Enterprise approach.

Submissions for the Ronald Fante Best Paper program come from MITRE engineers and scientists who have published technical articles that appeared in refereed literature during the previous year. The Best Papers Awards Committee evaluates papers based on the importance and originality of the work described.

In addition to their well-regarded ReadyNote, the authors have a growing collection of print and electronic publications on topics including Lean Six Sigma, CMM(R)/CMMI(R), and ISO 9001, all available through the Computer Society store (

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