Modern software is rarely built as a stand-alone singular application. Typically, the piece of software that an end-user is interacting with is only one course of a very balanced meal. It’s part of an entire software ecosystem made up of many moving parts. There’s a frontend, a backend, a database, and an underlying infrastructure. All of these components are powered and controlled by an admin portal of some sort.
As with any other type of ecosystem, if one piece isn’t operating properly, the entire system is thrown out of whack. Multiple factors contribute to this but the most common are bugs and updates or patches. With so many moving parts, these updates and patches occur on a fairly regular schedule so keeping up with them is crucial to a software product’s continued success.
Software maintenance, therefore, requires constant vigilance. You not only need to monitor and maintain your own software’s code but need to be aware of changes to the software your product is built with and on. Maintenance isn’t only defensive though. It also includes things like adding new features or enhancements based on feedback from users or competitive demands.
In this comprehensive eBook, you’ll learn:
- How to care for your entire software ecosystem, not just one piece of software
- Why planning ahead for post-launch maintenance is critical to the success of your system
- A who’s who of continuation engineering and who is responsible for what
- Where product enhancements fit into post-launch maintenance
- Methods to prevent issues before they pop up
- How to predict post-launch expenses