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The role of adaptive maintenance in evolving software environments

Teo Harapcea
Teo Harapcea

May 17, 2023

In a previous blog post, we explained why it becomes evident that investing in adaptive maintenance is not just a matter of staying current, but also a strategic move towards future-proofing the software architecture.  

According to Statista, the "global predictive maintenance market is expected to considerably increase in size between 2020 and 2030. While sized at $4.5B in 2020, the market is projected to reach the size of $64.3B by 2030." 

Adaptive maintenance: an overview 

On average, software maintenance services cost around 20-25% of the license cost per year and 88% of facilities outsource some or all maintenance operations, with the average facility outsourcing 23% of those operations (Platform Engineering). To avoid this kind of costs, you need a flexible environment, and here is where adaptive maintenance comes into play. 

Adaptive maintenance in software engineering is the process of modifying software applications after their initial deployment to keep them responsive to changing conditions. These changes could be in the software's external environment, such as alterations in hardware, operating systems, software dependencies, or regulations. Alternatively, changes could also arise from user feedback and internal factors, like improving performance or adding new features. 

The need for adaptive maintenance 

In an ideal world, software would be written once and serve its purpose forever. However, the reality is quite different. It is well known already that software systems need to be updated every 12 to 18 months to stay up to date with the latest technological trends and business needs. This ties in with the concept of future-proofing your software architecture, where anticipating the changes and preparing for them is of paramount importance.

Why is adaptive maintenance important for businesses?

Businesses are increasingly recognizing the importance of adaptive maintenance, which has started to play a pivotal role in ensuring that the software remains compatible with the latest technological advancements and can adapt quickly and effectively to new business requirements. Here are some a few key roles that adaptive maintenance plays in evolving environments: 

  • Keeping up with technological changes: Adaptive maintenance ensures that software remains compatible with the latest technological advancements like new operating systems or hardware configurations. 
  • Adapting to new business requirements: Changes in business strategy, user feature requests, or regulatory changes necessitate software adaptation. Adaptive maintenance ensures that software can adapt quickly and effectively to these new requirements. 
  • Improving software performance: Regular adaptive maintenance can also help improve software performance. By optimizing code, enhancing algorithms, and upgrading technology stacks, adaptive maintenance can significantly boost the performance and efficiency of software applications.  

Adaptive maintenance is a continuous journey towards this ideal, helping to create software that is not just responsive to present needs but also ready for the future. Through a sustainable investment in adaptive maintenance, businesses can create a robust, flexible, and future-proof software architecture that is prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow. 

Adaptive maintenance for a future-proof architecture 

Investing in adaptive maintenance contributes to creating a future-proof architecture. The experts say that organizations that regularly invest in adaptive maintenance are 1.5 times more likely to have a resilient software infrastructure that can withstand future technological changes.  

Integrating a solution like Kubeark into your software maintenance strategy can significantly streamline the process and enhance the benefits of adaptive maintenance. The Kubeark platform offers a wide array of features that cater to different stakeholders involved in software maintenance.  

From visibility on application usage, to better user experience and increased productivity, full audits and reporting, Kubeark can enhance the current functionality and performance of your software and help you make strides towards future-proofing your software architecture 

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