CSC Awards for Technical Excellence
The annual CSC Awards for Technical Excellence honor people who achieve extraordinary results for our clients and advance the state of the art for complex integration and for next-generation technologies in our portfolio. The awards recognize talent, leadership, and technology and execution excellence.
These outstanding projects exemplify our continued commitment to collaborate with our customers in leveraging emerging technologies and fostering growth and superior business performance for our customers.
Recognizing key technologists is a core value of CSC. While only a select few receive the awards, the aspiration for excellence they have inspired for over 25 years reaches throughout the company.
2015 CSC Awards for Technical Excellence Recipients
Firetruck Application on EzBake
Don Adams, Derek Beck, Barrett Stabile
Integrated Agility Platform | Financial Services Organization
Eric Sonchaiwanich led the successful implementation of an integrated solution (pilot) based on the CSC Agility Platform that addresses 10 core capabilities for enabling agile, cloud-based IT service delivery. The solution, for a financial services organization, integrated its application lifecycle management tools and provided end-to-end self-service automation of application development project set-ups, as well as a streamlined software development lifecycle process that includes automated quality gates for code deployments. In addition, the solution provided a framework for policy-driven application scaling and self-healing based on application-level monitoring triggers.
In support of this and other solutions, Eric co-created a code library and framework for accelerating development of business and integration logic in the Agility Policy Engine, and created a complementary development and debugging toolkit for rapid prototyping and efficient debugging of Agility Policy code. These tools helped to reduce the amount of code needed to write policies by 60% or more and provided access to a best practices code library of over 4,000 lines of code and 150 functions, resulting in 25-50% faster delivery of policy and integration use cases. These efficiency gains were key to successful delivery within an aggressive customer timeline.
Overall, the solution positions the organization to transition from its custom-developed platform service tools, enabling a shift from manual to automated industrial-scale development and deployment with substantially lower error rates and enhanced support.
MyWorkStyle Envision Environment
Mark Luter, Andrew Missen, Mark Rotheram, Francisc van Amerongen
The team designed, engineered, tested and delivered a customer-ready, fully functional CSC MyWorkStyle evaluation environment, integrating six core components across five partners. Services include email, instant messaging and presence, service management, knowledge base, directory services, self-service admin provisioning and eLearning training, all united under single sign-on. The team used Agile and Scrum techniques to do this in 21 working days (30 engineers, 2 Scrum Masters, 2 architects). The team then took all the lessons learned from building this environment and created an enhanced version, called Envision, to provide extended, tailored, interactive demos and proofs of concept for pre-sales support globally. Envision touches 22 distinct solution areas across offerings and was a key differentiator in securing the Vattenfall win.
RESI (Radio-frequency Enabled Software Implant)
Shannon Francis, David Rohret, Michael Vella
CSC’s Joint Vulnerability Assessment Team (JVAT) conducted research and development for an intrusion tool that captures and exfiltrates data from free volatile memory following a Radio Frequency (RF)-triggered non-standard reboot or shutdown. RESI exfiltrates data covertly (HTTPS) and parses the data into a readable document with pre-identifiers (i.e., passwords and user names) for specific data analysis. It accesses the free memory prior to the memory being erased during normal shutdown, reboot or from the use of security tools introduced by the user. This project far surpassed expectations; the client, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory High Power Electromagnetic Microwave Directorate, was not confident that a solution in the given (tight) timeframe was possible. Using Agile and Scrum techniques, the team not only solved the technical challenge but finished ahead of schedule.
Lorenzo DevOps Platform
Benjamin Anderson, Darryl Cauldwell, Colin Eby
The team designed and delivered a build, test and deploy platform for Lorenzo, CSC’s electronic patient records system. The DevOps Platform reduces deployment time, hardware cost, management overhead, operations overhead and time-to-delivery. Importantly, it represents a commitment to full automation, with full integration of development, test and operations at both organizational and process levels. The team’s work enables collaborative (not siloed) system integration, transforms processes from waterfall to agile, and enables developers in the UK and India to work as a single global team sharing a single platform and common toolset. The team used the CSC Agility Platform at the core, Puppet and Jenkins for automation, and Jira Agile for project planning.
Network Rail Mobile Works Management
Andrew Bradley led the technical delivery of a complex mobile solution to over 7,000 maintenance staff at Network Rail as part of its Offering Rail Better Information Services (ORBIS) program. Network Rail is the owner and operator of Britain’s rail infrastructure; ORBIS is a £350 million, five-year program to improve UK rail infrastructure through technology and process improvements to core asset management systems.
The Mobile Works Management (MWM) project modernizes the work order fulfillment process, transforming a cumbersome manual process to a streamlined digital process that provides accurate, up-to-date information to mobile devices when and where needed. Andrew led the MWM team in implementing the latest version of the mobile app, called My Work, and completely upgrading the IT infrastructure in 10 weeks. This included new web services, upgraded integration adaptors, mobile and desktop app upgrades, and changes to the external gateway. By having richer, more timely information about assets, Network Rail has been able to make smarter decisions about maintenance, asset renewal and planning. See RailStaff article.