Ensure the right approval process is followed when Orbital ATK software is released for missile installation. With geographically distributed teams and a variety of stakeholders, a centralized repository is needed where everything is stored and documented for compliance purposes.
Orbital ATK’s defense electronics systems segment builds missiles for naval aircraft. Many departments, including software engineering, production, testing, and quality assurance, work together in a highly regulated fashion. Ed Dantes, Software Configuration Manager for Orbital ATK, knows all about the importance of collaborative team work in this context: “We’re a defense contractor and have to comply with very strict navy regulations. An automated solution which helps us enforce standards and processes is vital. Our teams are geographically dispersed and so we need to have a central solution where everything is stored and documented. Before we implemented StarTeam, software release notes, code, or artefacts would end up on employees’ personal drives which could lead to a total mess when trying to follow an audit trail of a particular release. We need to ensure the right approval process is followed when we release our software for missile installation. This is the software which will steer the missiles to their targets, so there really is no room for error!”