It is a challenge for a company to update their business computer network software every six months or so. Although Microsoft offers an “up to date” list of software, updating software itself is not possible as it requires custom development and requires access to the original source code.
Updating software requires continuous testing and validation.
The release must go through many cycles of support and maintenance, which may be expensive as most of the work is outsourced. The cost for updating software varies from quarter to quarter and sometimes it may be completely out of the reach of companies that need it most.
The challenge for updating software and supporting it with an extensive support team is to ensure that there is not much impact on the business especially if the company is on a budget. There are certain considerations when trying to make software updates more cost effective but keeping the system intact. The new and improved features cannot be duplicated by a software upgrade.
The new software and its upgrades can sometimes be used by existing software in order to replace obsolete software.
This saves money and makes sure that the existing software is still viable, along with the cost of upgrades.
It is beneficial to have automation to make software updates easier. Automation can be implemented in a number of ways to make updating easier. The infrastructure can be utilized as a platform to set up some of the software update process steps. It can also use the complete system as a database to track the entire software download.
The cost of implementing this can be much less than what a dedicated site hosting the software at the client portal. Therefore, there are advantages to outsourcing the management of the update process to a third party.
If management and software are hosted at the client portal, the software updates can be done through their application to save money and allow easy access to the data. It will help to make sure that the software is kept up to date and even having multiple client portals will simplify the updating process. A powerful organization can perform the updating themselves.
Depending on the types of software, updates might involve sending the code to the server. When multiple clients update software simultaneously, manual updating becomes impossible as the software has to be sent separately.
Updates can be made with files containing different types of data, such as scripts, content, maps, programming, and more. The number of files that can be made is limitless and can be used to streamline the update process.
The server runs the updates through multiple systems, and it is important to have all of them working together.
- This allows the full support network to be integrated into the overall company structure, rather than dependent on a single company.
- Updates can be performed using one of the many tools available, however automation makes it possible to make updates quickly and automatically.
- Software updates will go a long way to helping businesses keep up with a changing industry.