Towards Management of Software as Assets: A Literature Review With Additional Sources


34 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2007

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Mordechai Ben-Menachem

ACM - Association for Computing Machinery; Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; IEEE Computer Society; Oxford Club; Yaroke Corporation


How should and how can software be managed? What is the management concept or paradigm? Software professionals, if they think about management of software at all, think in terms of Configuration Management. This is not a method for over-all software management; it merely controls software items' versions. This is much too fine a level of granularity. Management begins with accurate and timely information. Managers tend to view software as something (unfortunately) very necessary but troubling because, they have very little real information about it and control is still nebulous, at best. Accountants view software as an incomprehensible intangible, neither wholly an expense nor really an asset. They don't have, nor do they produce information concerning it. Their data concerning software barely touches on direct outlays and contains no element of effort. Part of this disorientation is the basic confusion between "business software" and "engineering software." This "Gordian Knot" must be opened; it needs to be made much more clear. This article shows a direction how such clarity may be achieved.

Keywords: Software Engineering, Software Asset Management, Project Management, Software Quality Management, Goals Management

Suggested Citation

Ben-Menachem, Mordechai, Towards Management of Software as Assets: A Literature Review With Additional Sources. INFSOF 4775, Available at SSRN:

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