Title: Modelling software corrective maintenance productivity using an analytical economic model and simulation

Authors: Kai Huang; Xiaoying Kong; Kumbesan Sandrasegaran

Addresses: Centre for Real-time Information Networks, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia ' Centre for Real-time Information Networks, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia ' Centre for Real-time Information Networks, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Abstract: In this paper an economic productivity model for software corrective maintenance process is presented. The productivity is analytically modelled using economic value of the maintenance process as the output, and the pre-committed fixed cost and variable cost as input. The Analytical Theory of Project Investment is used to model the relationship of the economic value and these cost components. The values of corrective software maintenance process are analysed. A simulation approach is investigated to analyse the influences to the productivity in software corrective maintenance. This simulation approach provided a tool to identify and analyse the optimal parameters in productivity using the economic model.

Keywords: economic models; simulation; software maintenance; corrective maintenance; influence factor; economic value; economic productivity; modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2016.078767

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2016 Vol.54 No.2, pp.77 - 88

Available online: 29 Aug 2016

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