Architecting Out Software Intellectual Property Lock-In: A Method to Advance the Efficacy of BBP

Report Number: SYM-AM-16-034

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Buying Power

Report Series: Symposium Proceedings

Authors: Chris Berardi, Bruce Cameron, Dan Sturtevant, Carliss Baldwin, Ed Crawley

Title: Architecting Out Software Intellectual Property Lock-In: A Method to Advance the Efficacy of BBP

Published: 2016-05-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

Full Text URL: http://www.acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2016/SYM-AM-16-034.pdf

Keywords: Better Buying Power, data rights

Abstract:

This paper works to understand Department of Defense (DoD) contracting trends since the beginning of Better Buying Power (BBP). By using data publicly available from the Government-wide Point of Entry (GPE), this paper concludes that there are no clear trends in the levels of competition in the DoD, as measured by ratios of Justifications and Approvals (J&A) to contract awards, as a result of BBP. However, this is not to say that BBP is ineffectual, but that methodologies are still needed to implement the guidance outlined in BBP. To that end, this paper proposes a methodology to identify salient data rights in computer software. Our aim is to provide a means for program managers to understand which data rights are most important to ensure future sustained competition.