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Chapter 13: From an Ad-Hoc to a Proactive Software Release Plan and Deployme... - Pg. 243

243 From an Ad-Hoc to a Proactive Software Release Plan and Deployment: A Reengineered Process for the Aerospace Industry Silvia Ito Concordia University, Canada Mohammed Nahhas Concordia University, Canada Chapter 13 ABSTRACT Managing software and its various components such as maintenance, upgrades, and patches, has become a requirement to secure one's place in a competitive market. The rapid change in engineering software, especially for the Aerospace industry, highlights the importance of software management. Negligence of any maintenance component can put the organization into risk. Therefore, standardizing processes are necessary to avoid not only these risks, but also minimize costs and ensure employee productivity. Currently, an Aerospace company upgrades most of their engineering software on an ad-hoc basis. This means that an upgrade is only done when an end-user requests it. The study will therefore examine the current operations and offer a strategic reengineered process. The objective of such changes is to ultimately streamline the distribution of engineering software upgrades proactively throughout the organization. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0155-0.ch013 Copyright © 2012, IGI Global. Copying or distributing in print or electronic forms without written permission of IGI Global is prohibited.