Accession Number : ADA216910
Title : Software Tools for Software Maintenance
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : ARMY INST FOR RESEARCH IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTER SCIENCES ATLANTA GA
Report Date : Oct 1988
Pagination or Media Count : 56
Abstract : Software maintenance continues to be among the most critical issues facing all software development organizations. Developers are facing increasing demands for new software applications while at the same time having to devote sizable resources to maintaining existing applications. It seems that software developers organizations will reach steady-state when all available resource are devoted to software maintenance. Increasing the productivity of software developers and increasing the quality of systems produced is certainly a high priority in development organizations; however, software maintenance productivity seems to be at least as important but not eagerly addressed. Software maintenance has been reported as containing 70-80% of the total software life cycle costs. In the federal government software maintenance is reported to cost an estimated $5 billion. In a summary of 75 major companies, 53% of the total software related activities is in maintenance. In a survey conducted by IBM, over 80% of data processing resources are allocated to maintenance. Even a small increase in productivity in software maintenance will have a dramatic impact on overall data processing costs.
Descriptors : *COMPUTER PROGRAMS , *DATA PROCESSING , ORGANIZATIONS , PRODUCTIVITY , COSTS , QUALITY , RESOURCES , LIFE CYCLE COSTS , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , MAINTENANCE , DATA MANAGEMENT
Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE