Software Change Management for small teams

Development teams in small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs)—and small independent teams in larger organizations—often forgo Software Change Management tools for cost reasons. It happens even though small organizations face much of the same application complexity and risk as large enterprises—and, in some ways, more. However, tools designed for SMBs can be affordable and deliver a significant return on investment. Thus, they can derive at least proportional value from Software Change Management (SCM) solutions.

Process automation is key in small teams' effectiveness

Business, regulatory and technology change is inevitable and relentless. As businesses introduce new products, services, and processes, applications may need to be modified to accommodate those changes. Likewise, code and configuration changes might be required to take advantage of new, more efficient technologies. And when governments introduce new regulations the IT department may have to modify the company’s software to comply with them.

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Accommodating these changes typically requires software modifications and/or development. Determining what new code has to be written or what existing code has to be changed is only part of the challenge. Because application modules are interrelated and depend on a variety of components, it’s also essential to understand the relationship between the changed code and other components. That is true whether you’re maintaining custom-developed software or upgrading a third-party application.

A Software Change Management (SCM) tool can automate the application asset discovery and documentation process, including the documentation of dependencies, thereby making the entire application lifecycle more efficient, while also improving the accuracy of software maintenance.

Why should your small development team implement Software Change Management?

  • Improve visibility into application assets and the relationships between them.
  • Ensure that application knowledge remains available when employees leave.
  • Reduce the possibility of creating bugs due to unknown relationships and dependencies.
  • Make it easier to track down bugs.
  • Provide an easy way to revert to an earlier software version if necessary.
  • Enforce consistent maintenance and development best practices.
  • Improve and automate workflows.
  • Reduce the complexity of software.
  • Improve the auditability of software.
  • Increase the productivity of the entire application lifecycle.