IEEE Moves Article Library Online
"I'm finding useful things in other societies' transactions, and this is enabling me to speak more competently with my colleagues from other disciplines, like software engineers or systems engineers," says IEEE member Jeff Bull, senior director of hardware development for TruePosition Inc., in King of Prussia, Pa.
Bull also likes the ability to store his purchased documents online, another service included in the flat monthly rate. "Instead of having hard-copy transactions stack up on my credenzas, I can just go online and get access to the information when I need it," Bull says.
With about a terabyte of information to put online, building the MDL required IEEE's publishing group and IT department to work closely together.
The publishing organization has its own IT department that handles editorial, design, workflow and prepress computer systems. Then there's the IEEE's main IT department, which runs the organization's Web sites and business infrastructure.
MDL's development drew from both IT teams. It was augmented by an outside Q.A. vendor. The project went according to schedule, Lange says, thanks to clearly defined technical requirements spelled out early in the game.
The project's on-time delivery also benefited from the procurement strategy. While the system was built by the IEEE's programming team, they relied on software already owned by the organization. Programmers didn't have to learn anything new, which avoided training delays.
In the end, MDL welds Verity Inc.'s Ultraseek search engine with E-Meta Corp.'s E-Rights for authentication and VeriSign Inc.'s e-commerce software.
The IEEE also put intense price-pressure on hardware vendors to drive down costs. One aspect of their approach: buying used computer servers from bankrupt dot-coms in the New York metropolitan area. They also recruited experienced but unemployed dot-com programmers, paying them less than was normal during the Web's heyday.
- Jeff Angus