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Subject: software engineering question
Category: Computers
Asked by: baba85-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 04 Sep 2006 17:36 PDT
Expires: 04 Oct 2006 17:36 PDT
Question ID: 762234
1.	You are the project manager for a software development project,
whose estimated cost through delivery is $425,000.  How much should
you budget for maintenance?  What is the basis for your answer?
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: software engineering question
From: rainboi-ga on 05 Sep 2006 06:15 PDT
Some questions for you. 

1. Define maintenance in your case. Does it mean support? Updates? Repair? 
2. What is the scale of your software? An Operating System? A small program?
Subject: Re: software engineering question
From: pegasusplus-ga on 06 Sep 2006 20:45 PDT
As you do not give some details of the project, the general estimation
of maintenance fee might be half of the delivery. It includes support,
bug fix.
Subject: Re: software engineering question
From: frankcorrao-ga on 07 Sep 2006 15:05 PDT
I would also want to know over what period of time are we talking about? Indefinate?
Subject: Re: software engineering question
From: uberlance-ga on 08 Sep 2006 10:09 PDT
Based on your wording, I am assuming that the "delivery price" is
$425,000.  If this were a COTS product, that would be its price tag.

If you were to follow the lead of most major software vendors, you
should charge between 17-20% of the purchase price per year for
maintenance, which would include software updates and technical
support.  For this product, I'd price it between $75,000 and $85,000. 
This assumes that the product is being updated on a regular basis with
additional features being added and not just bug fixes.
Subject: Re: software engineering question
From: frodo2366-ga on 18 Sep 2006 21:05 PDT
Is maintainace part of the delivery price? If so, be VERY conservative.
No project at that price is turn-key. For that matter nor is any
project at any price.
From experience, make sure there is overlap in all phases of the project.
Subject: Re: software engineering question
From: politicalguru-ga on 19 Sep 2006 06:12 PDT
Answering a question like this is impossible without investing much
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Subject: Re: software engineering question
From: peanut_power-ga on 25 Sep 2006 06:49 PDT
$1,700,000 based on pareto logic and the fact that work expands to
fill the time allocated for it.

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