Audit of Software Maintenance Process

Audit of Software Maintenance Process

Francisco Ruiz (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain), Mario Piattini (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain), Macario Polo (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain) and Coral Calero (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)
Copyright: © 2000 |Pages: 42
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-75-9.ch004
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Abstract

Whereas hardware technology has been developed with considerable speed, software technology has suffered from a historical delay in the elaboration and availability of a technological (methodologies and tools) and scientific (useful models and theories for the technological development) background. As early as 1970 the term "Crisis of Software" had become widely popular referring to this situation. The symptoms of this crisis have been rebounding from then on in the software development industry and their effects can still be felt. In order to solve this problem, a new area of computer science was created, known as software engineering (Sommerville, 1992). One of the main reasons for this situation has been the little importance given to the maintenance process from all the affected communities (company managers, information systems managers, computer engineers, users and auditors). In spite of this, maintenance costs have a very important weight in the total costs of the complete life-cycle of a software product. That is why it is essential that the audit of information systems (AIS) field gives the necessary attention to this phase of the software life-cycle.

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Preface
Mario Piattini
Chapter 1
Rafael Rodriguez
The challenge of information system auditing, as it is known nowadays, is a consequence of a most important current trend, namely the change from an... Sample PDF
Basic Concepts of Information Systems Auditing
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Chapter 2
Jane Fedorowicz, Ulric J. Gelinas
In 1996, the Information Systems Audit and Control Foundation (ISACF) published Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT)1.... Sample PDF
Adoption and Usage Patterns of a Framework for IT Control and Audit
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Chapter 3
ICT Security Auditing  (pages 38-66)
Arturo Ribagorda, Jose M. Sierra
There is no doubt about the essential role that information plays in current society. Furthermore, it looks certain that this role will be more... Sample PDF
ICT Security Auditing
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Chapter 4
Francisco Ruiz, Mario Piattini, Macario Polo, Coral Calero
Whereas hardware technology has been developed with considerable speed, software technology has suffered from a historical delay in the elaboration... Sample PDF
Audit of Software Maintenance Process
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Chapter 5
Auditing Data Warehouses  (pages 109-147)
Jose A. Rodero, Mario Piattini
The need to have a separate database in order to support the decision process was first recognized at the beginning of the 1970s (Sprague and... Sample PDF
Auditing Data Warehouses
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Chapter 6
Miguel Angel Davara
According to Professor Davara1, we could state that the information technology (i.e., the science of the automatic treatment of information)... Sample PDF
Information Technology Audit: Legal Aspects
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Chapter 7
Juan Garbajosa, Pedro Pablo Alarcon
Data has become one of the most valuable assets in corporations as a result of information technology evolution. To run businesses satisfactorily... Sample PDF
Framing Database Audit of ISO/IEC 12207 Software Life Cycle Processes
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Chapter 8
Bart van Lodensteijn
One of the objectives of a chapter or book title can be the subject, or it can unveil the opposite: the title is the subject of its own objectives... Sample PDF
Auditing Quality is Quality Auditing
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Chapter 9
Jose Luis Lucero
All the processes carried out in most organizations are liable to be audited so that they allow more confidence in the organization itself and/or in... Sample PDF
Function Point Metric Auditing
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