Steve Tockey, "Return on Software: Maximizing the Return on Your Software Investment"

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Steve Tockey, "Return on Software: Maximizing the Return on Your Software Investment"
Addison-Wesley Professional | ISBN 0321228758 | 2004 Year | CHM | 3,98 Mb | 656 Pages


There shouldn't be any doubt in anybody's mind that there's a lot of software around, with more being developed every day. Some software is being developed just for fun. For some people developing software is a hobby. Some software is being developed for education: People are studying to be professional programmers, analysts, project managers, and so on, and they need to develop software as part of their education. Some even say that their software is artistic. But let's face it, the vast majority of the software on the planet was created for a purpose: a business purpose. To put it bluntly, the software is there so that somebody can make money.

And even though making money was the software's intended purpose, you'll see in Chapter 1 that software doesn't always live up to that purpose. A lot of software has been written that probably shouldn't have been written in the first place. And a lot of good technology has been put into building the right software, but building it the wrong way so the software ends up never achieving its business goals. Software projects can easily end up costing more money than the resulting product ever brings back in. Financially, many organizations would have been better off never starting some software projects.