Why is Software Maintenance Important?

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Software maintenance is just as important as software development. For instance, if keeping your vehicles regularly serviced is important, so why not your software product?

In this fast-changing environment, we are continually evolving and updating, particularly in the technology domain. As long as your software product is active, ongoing maintenance is very much needed.

So why should you spend more money if your software has already been developed?

What is Software Maintenance?

Software Development Life Cycle

Software maintenance is as important as other components within the Software Development Life Cycle. However, in this fast-changing world without constant modifications and updates, a software product can only last for so long.

Types of Software Maintenance

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Corrective Maintenance – Maintenance tasks performed to rectify and repair problems found by users

Adaptive Maintenance – Modification and update of a system to keep a software product usable and up-to-date in a changed or changing environment

Perfective Maintenance – Modifications and updates to have the software product usable over a long haul. Enhancement of both functions and efficiency according to new or changed user requirement

Preventive Maintenance – Regular modifications and updates to lessen the likelihood of future problems of the software product

Why is Maintaining Software Important?

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Bug Fixing

To run your software seamlessly, the system must be bug-free. Ensuring bug-free can be considered the most important reason you must have a maintenance plan in place.

Capability Enhancement for Changing Environment

Changing the environment in this context could be hardware or business.

Software systems do not function in isolation. It requires the interaction with many sub-system components such as operating systems, database, network protocols and more.

On the other hand, in the business context, it could be conditions that have a significant impact on the software system. Below are some examples of possible changes:

  • Market Conditions: Policies such as taxation and newly introduced constraints
  • Organisations Changes: Business level change with the client end, such as reduction/expanding of organisation strength, acquiring a company, company venturing into new business.

To ensure compatibility with the changing environment, modification and update is a must.

Removal of Outdated Functions

To cope with the constantly changing environment, outdated functionalities which are not in use anymore should be removed. This will significantly aid with your overall software efficiency and experience.

Security Improvement

As technology advances many great features, functionalities and technologies are getting better and better. Inevitably hackers and their technologies are also advancing at the same pace. Outdated technologies and codes can quickly become vulnerable to cybercrimes.

We Develop and Maintain Software

No matter how good your software is, it will always require the needed improvement and optimisation over a period of time. This is to ensure the keep up of the challenges and changes mentioned in this article.

With our advanced knowledge and rich hands-on experience in software development and maintenance, we are here to help. Contact us now to get more information.

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