Seven keys to improving business value

Given the complexity of development these days, there are a myriad of ways to enhance your development efforts and software asset management through SCM. Here are the seven attributes that a good SCM system should possess:

  • Safety

  • Stability

  • Control

  • Auditability

  • Reproducibility

  • Traceability

  • Scalability

Once understood and managed properly, these seven attributes can greatly impact your bottom line.


The primary purpose of any SCM system is to keep software assets (design models, source code, test cases, documentation, and so forth) safe from corruption, unintentional damage, unauthorized access, or even a disaster. This requires two things:

  • Secure access— Those who can view or change software assets must ...

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