Infinite cycle of software product update/upgrade

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 Software Update/Upgrade

Overview

Before going any further with the cycle of updates for the software, let us first dive into the meaning of terms. And how software update and software upgrade is different from each other.
Software update refers to altering the product for better performances on existing software programs. These are minor and frequent changes done by the developers. Similar to having your vehicles sent to service centers for time-to-time service. That ends up with your bike or car running more smoothly.
While the software upgrade is altogether a new version of the software program having exciting new features with new purchases for the programming systems.
The Software updates are compulsory and repetitive to keep the product running fine. Meanwhile, the Software upgrade is not necessarily done from time to time. And it is rarely required when a complete programs of the software are to replaced.

Now, you may be wondering, when to have the software update or upgrade?

The software updates optimize the minor bugs, functionalities adjustments, or security risks. But if the requirement is to have the complete look of the software changed. And have an enhanced resultant with ‘n’ number of new features that runs smoothly on the trending hardware, then Up-gradation is a good choice.

“Something is just not meant to last forever.” Software is one of them.

Just like you no longer carry out the attires your parents flaunted so confidently in the late 70s, you definitely would not like to use the older versions of the software applications.

It does not concern the user’s experience or ease of use with faster loading time. But it is also prone to cause a security risk to your systems and businesses. Furthermore, outdated software has run out of cycles of updates and upgrades to keep it sustained. It has now turned into a security threat that may result in your system failure or hacking.

Thus, the continuous updating of the software is undeniable and mandatory.

Stages of Software Update

Having that said, let’s go through the infinite cycle of the update that looped together to keep the whole process on track. To bring out the best result with each and every update carried out by a developer.

Engaging Stakeholders: Find out all the groups that interact with the system- users, developers, admins, service partners, owners, QA teams, and testing teams. To know better about the requirement for the next update and what will work best.

Change Control Planning: Besides the technical part, the communications between the stakeholders are a must to set targets during the update process. And are required to be planed out in detail.

Conducting Review: To identify all the bespoke development requirements and specifications to drive our documents to assign the update for each area.

Define Upgrade Requirements: After the site review, list all the re-development needed for the customization and updating to the latest version. After that, list the technical requirement and need for a new purchase.
 
Upgrade Plan: Specify all the resources needed and the target areas. Also, at this step, we put it all into a defined plan.
 
Roll-Out Plan: Sorting out the implementation of the upgrade plan with the time and resultant output.
 
Backup: Backup acts like an extra lifeline to the process and saves up the data during the updating process. Thus, help to cope with any issues that might resurface at the end of the update.
 
Put the Update version to the trails: We can bring out any glitch in the code or database with a trail-round. To work on again. Thus, a resolving or revision stage for the updated version of the software.
 
Live Site staging: After the trial, sorting of all the technical and other conflicts of the update. Then, it is time to put it live.
 
Testing: Conducting several test runs in the live environment to configure any resolutions required. This can be for the functional, technical, quality, data integrations, performance, security, and theme & design of the software.

Configuration- The Administrators ensure the new features introduced are configured correctly to have the best User experience.

Documentation- Filling up all the details for the technical changes and the custom changes made to help save a record as well as make profound use of the same during the next update.

Training- Pieces of training must be rolled out to have the users learn the new features and the functionalities change of the update, so they can make well use of the new version.

Deployment- Release of the final updated version

Upgrade Review- Cast out the feedback from the end-users with the new update release and list out the areas where the next update can be done and what features needs to be boosted and also which functions in the update are gaining positive feedback.

Summing up

The cycle for the update is ever rolling dice and progress with the spectacular updated versions. To engage the users with the next update and so on.
Also, some customers might want to stick to the older version of the software for a long time. For instance, how many of your colleagues or friends make use of the latest version of Windows? Not many, right?
This brings out one more reason to update the software. To get this set of users use the better version that does not drastically change the user manual for them.
We have come across various Clients with several requirements, and have successfully assisted them. And have implemented new features as per their need in their next application version. Working with them our team of Esurgent gained profound experience with helping the business to update/upgrade their digital products.
You can discuss your particular requirement by directly contacting us on below contact details.

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