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|Controlling the Software Asset|
What is software? To the marketing rep it's a product; to customer service it's the thing that generates all those questions; to the software developer it's source code, text files, etc. To the corporation it's simply an asset, one in which the company has invested considerable money. As with other assets, a corporation must monitor and control its software - from the day development starts to the day the system is finally retired. Monitoring and controlling software requires management procedures and automated tools.
Several issues related to controlling the software asset are discussed below.
Controlling software updates in a multi-developer environment
In a multi-developer environment updates made by one developer can be easily overwritten by another developer. These lost software updates are a frustrating and time-consuming problem. The ability to control updates is essential to efficient software project management.
Providing a historical record of changes to the software
Maintaining multiple versions of a software system
Managing overlapping software maintenance and development
Providing summaries of software progress and status
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