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Dr Tom O'Kane

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Business Information Systems

Business Information Systems
Room 3.73
O'Rahilly Building
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

+353-21-490-3823 t.okane@ucc.ie

Biography

Lecturing:

Advanced Tools & Methods for Information Systems (Undergraduate level)

Research:

PI for development of a Maturity Model for Anti-Money Laundering

Investigation into Maturity Model for Chronic Illness Management

Administration:

Principal Engineer and Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff - Motorola Systems & Software Engineering Research Labs

Conducting research into a diverse range of software related topics:

 

Research Interests

My research strategy to date has been dominated by Action Research. This is simply because I was in an employment position that required that I not only conduct research into issues affecting the company, but I was also obliged to take action to address adverse findings from the research. So the Action Research cycles of Diagnosing, Action Planning, Action Taking, Evaluating, and Specifying Learning, as described by Susman and Evered, were applied to a wide range of topical issues that affected the corporation. Among these were issues around Process definition, Quality management, Software test capability and Outsourcing.

I have also used both intrinsic and instrumental Case Study research strategies. I have used Intrinsic Case Study research to investigate situations that were specific and of interest in their own right. For instance specific issues affecting a specialised group that was attempting to define and then re-engineer their process models. I have used Instrumental Case Study research to investigate situations that gave us information that we can apply to other situations. For instance researching Agile software development practices to understand which practices appeared to be most efficacious and should therefore be made mandatory for all Agile adoptions.

Top three research outputs

1.The creation of a global process architecture and highly effective software process improvement infrastructure for a division within Motorola with plant in Arlington Heights (IL), Schaumburg (IL), Phoenix (AZ), Cork (IRL), and Swindon (UK). The project was a huge success enabling the geographically dispersed teams to effectively work together under a common process infrastructure. The process tailoring methodology for the process became the subject of publication in ACM Journal.

2.The creation of a probabilistic inference model that enabled management to simulate the effect of process changes or interventions on a globally distributed team. The simulations were used to forecast likely effects of decision making on productivity and quality thus enabling better informed decisions to be made. The results of this research were published internally at the Motorola Systems and Software Engineering Symposium.

3.The creation of a Testing Capability Assessment model. This was a model designed to allow the client division assess the capability of its globally distributed software testing groups and provide those groups with a normative model for improvement. The model was hailed a success and deployed by the client division. It will be the subject of a publication in 2009.

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Research Projects

  • EI - ERS to develop an innovative software product to assist company registries in the processing of applications for new company names. (Enterprise Irl) €6,500.00 (01-JAN-08 / 28-FEB-11)
  • EI - Innovation Voucher Transaction Based Pricing (Enterprise Irl) €6,500.00 (01-JAN-09 / 31-DEC-10)
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Modules

  • Software Quality and Standards
  • Information Systems Project Tracking and Oversight
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Journal Activities

  • Referee, Ieee Software (-)
  • Referee, Journal Decision Support Systems (-)
  • Referee, European Conference On Information Systems (-)
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Education

  • University College Cork , PHD, (2006)
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Employment

  • Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Motorola Labs (/)
  • Lecturer, University College Cork (/)
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Teaching Interests

  • Process Modelling and Capability Models
  • Software Project Management
  • Software Process Improvement
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Current Postgrads

  • Geary Niall (Doctoral Degree)
  • Healy Joseph Olan (Doctoral Degree)
  • Creedon Fred (Doctoral Degree (Structured))
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Consultancy

  • Fedral Reserve Bank of Boston : Investigation into 2-factor authentication
  • ERSL : Investigation into company registration practices
  • Danutech : Investigation into the provision of software tools and services in emerging wireless value chains
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Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

Year Publication
2013 Variation in Health Care Providers' Perceptions: Decision Making Based on Patient Vital Signs
1. Zarabzadeh, A., O'Donoghue, J., O'Connor, Y., O'Kane, T., Woodworth, S., Gallagher, J., and O'Connor, S (2013) Variation in Health Care Providers' Perceptions: Decision Making Based on Patient Vital Signs. : Journal of Decision Systems [Details]
2011 Modified Early Warning Scorecard: The Role of Data/Information Quality within the Decision Making Process
O’Donoghue, J., O’Kane, T., Gallagher, J., Courtney, G., Aftab, A., Casey, A, Torres, J. and Angove, P (2011) Modified Early Warning Scorecard: The Role of Data/Information Quality within the Decision Making Process. : Electronic Journal of Information Systems Evaluation [Details]
2003 Software Development Method Tailoring at Motorola
Fitzgerald B., Russo, N. & O¿Kane T (2003) Software Development Method Tailoring at Motorola. : Communications of the ACM (CACM) [Details]
1999 A Longitudinal Study of Software Process Improvement
Fitzgerald B., & O¿Kane T (1999) A Longitudinal Study of Software Process Improvement. : IEEE Software Journal [Details]

Book Chapters

Year Publication
2014 Evaluating the Utility of the Irish HSE’s Paper Based Early Warning Score Chart: A Reflective Data Gathering Phase for the Design of the REVIEWS Framework
Creedon, F. O’Kane, T. O’Donoghue, J. Adam,F, Woodworth, S. and O’Connor S (2014) Evaluating the Utility of the Irish HSE’s Paper Based Early Warning Score Chart: A Reflective Data Gathering Phase for the Design of the REVIEWS Framework. : : IOS Press [Details]
2012 Electronic-Early Warning Scorecard: An Intelligent Context Aware Decision Making Approach for Patient Monitoring
O’Kane, T., O’Donoghue, J., Gallagher, J., Aftab, A., Casey, A., Courtney, G (2012) Electronic-Early Warning Scorecard: An Intelligent Context Aware Decision Making Approach for Patient Monitoring. : : IOS Press [Details]
2007 Industry-University Collaborations in Research for Information Systems
O¿Kane, T (2007) Industry-University Collaborations in Research for Information Systems. : : Information Science Reference [Details]

Conference Publications

Year Publication
2014 Evaluating the Utility of the Irish HSE’s Paper Based Early Warning Score Chart: A Reflective Data Gathering Phase for the Design of the REVIEWS Framework
5. Creedon, F. O’Kane, T. O’Donoghue, J. Adam, F, Woodworth, S. and O’Connor S (2014) Evaluating the Utility of the Irish HSE’s Paper Based Early Warning Score Chart: A Reflective Data Gathering Phase for the Design of the REVIEWS Framework. [Details]
2013 The Financial Services Maturity Model for Anti-Money Laundering (FSMM (AML))
O'Kane, T., Casserly, T., and McCartney, P (2013) The Financial Services Maturity Model for Anti-Money Laundering (FSMM (AML)). [Details]
2013 Designing a Clinical Decision Support System Utilising Naturalistic Decision Making Theory: A Design Science Approach
Creedon, F., O’Donoghue, J., O’Kane, T. And Adam, F (2013) Designing a Clinical Decision Support System Utilising Naturalistic Decision Making Theory: A Design Science Approach. [Details]
2012 Features of electronic Early Warning systems which impact clinical decision making
Zarabzadeh, A., O'Connell, M., O'Donoghue, J., O'Kane, T., Woodworth, S., Gallagher, J., O'Connor, S., and Adam, F (2012) Features of electronic Early Warning systems which impact clinical decision making. [Details]
2012 MEWS to e-MEWS: from a paper based to a clinical decision support system
O’Connor, S; Zarabzadeh, A; O’Connell, M; Gallagher, J; Woodworth, S; O’Kane, T; Adam, F; O’Donoghue, J (2012) MEWS to e-MEWS: from a paper based to a clinical decision support system. [Details]
2012 Moving towards a sensor-based patient monitoring system: Evaluating its impact on data and information quality
Zarabzadeh, A., O’Donoghue, J., Adam, F., O’Connell, M., O’Connor, S., Woodworth, S., Gallagher, J. and O’Kane, T (2012) Moving towards a sensor-based patient monitoring system: Evaluating its impact on data and information quality. [Details]
2012 From Early Warning Scores to Clinical Decision Support Systems & their impact on nursing care delivery
O’Connor, S., O’Donoghue, J., O’Kane, T., Gallagher, J., Courtney, G., Woodworth, S., Casey, A., Aftab, A (2012) From Early Warning Scores to Clinical Decision Support Systems & their impact on nursing care delivery. [Details]
2011 MEWS to e-MEWS: From a paper based to an electronic Clinical Decision Support System
O’Connor, S., O’Donoghue, J., O’Kane, T., Adam, F., Woodworth, S (2011) MEWS to e-MEWS: From a paper based to an electronic Clinical Decision Support System. [Details]
2011 Electronic Modified Early Warning Scorecard (e-MEWS)
O’Connor, S; O’Donoghue, J; Woodworth, S; O’Connell, M; Gallagher, J; O’Kane, T; Zarabzadeh, A; Adam, F (2011) Electronic Modified Early Warning Scorecard (e-MEWS). [Details]
2010 The e-MEWS and system integration
O’Kane, T., O’Donoghue, J. and Gallagher, J (2010) The e-MEWS and system integration. [Details]
2010 MEWS to e-MEWS: From a Paper-Based to an Electronic Clinical Decision Support System
O'Kane, T., O'Donoghue J., Gallagher, J. Courtney, G., Aftab, A. and Casey, A., Torres, J. and Angove, P (2010) MEWS to e-MEWS: From a Paper-Based to an Electronic Clinical Decision Support System. [Details]
2010 The Application of a Patient Assessment Data Quality Model to the Modified Early Warning Scorecard
O'Donoghue, J., O'Kane, T., Gallagher, J. Courtney, G., Aftab, A. and Casey, A., Torres, J. and Angove, P (2010) The Application of a Patient Assessment Data Quality Model to the Modified Early Warning Scorecard. [Details]
2004 Supplier Selection ¿ A Practical Approach to Conducting Software Supplier Assessments
O¿Kane, T. & White T (2004) Supplier Selection ¿ A Practical Approach to Conducting Software Supplier Assessments. [Details]
2000 An Empirical Study of System Development Method Tailoring in Practice
Fitzgerald, B., Russo, N. & O¿Kane, T (2000) An Empirical Study of System Development Method Tailoring in Practice. [Details]
1999 Contradictions within an Evolving Inspection Process
O¿Hara, F., O¿Kane, T. & Smith, A (1999) Contradictions within an Evolving Inspection Process. [Details]

Conference Contributions

Year Publication
2006 Agile Software Development Within Motorola. [Oral Presentation]
O'Kane, T (2006) Agile Software Development Within Motorola. [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2006 Modelling Globally Distributed Testing. [Oral Presentation]
O'Kane, T (2006) Modelling Globally Distributed Testing. [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2006 An Investigation into Agile Practices within Motorola. [Oral Presentation]
O'Kane, T (2006) An Investigation into Agile Practices within Motorola. [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
2005 Global Quality Management. [Oral Presentation]
O'Kane, T (2005) Global Quality Management. [Oral Presentation]. [Details]
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