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Cost of fixing software defects 'runs into millions'

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Software defects cost millions of dollars a year to fix, according to a forthcoming report by IDC.
 

The survey of 139 US corporate development organisations on the pressures and costs of software defects was carried out in conjunction with Coverity in Q2 of 2008. IDC estimates the cost of fixing software defects at $5.2 million to $22 million annually, depending on organisation size.

 

Increased software complexity from multicore, Web 2.0 and SOA are said to be increasing code problems and hiking up costs for companies that develop both in-house and through third parties, such as offshore firms.

 

“The increased complexity of software development environments and the cost of fixing defects in the field (rather than early in the software cycle) combine in exorbitant ways to drain income and to hamstring businesses as a result of critical software downtime,” said a statement issued by IDC.

 

Other early details released include findings that 72 per cent of those surveyed find debugging problematic; 25.5 per cent said that they “very often” or “all of the time” find serious problems” post code review and a further 41 per cent said that they have experienced these problems to some extent.

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