The Impact of Software Process Improvements in Small and Medium Scale Enterprises
G.K.Viju1, Mohammed Merghany Abd Elsalam2, Khalid Ahmed Ibrahim3, Mohammed Jassim Mohammed Jassim4

1Dr. G.K Viju, Department of Computer Science, Karary University, Khartoum.
2Mohammed Merghany Abd Elsalam, Sudan University of Science and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan.
3Dr. Khalid Ahmed Ibrahim, Department of Computer Science, Karary University, Khartoum.
4Dr. Mohammed Jassim Mohammed Jassim, College of Science and Information Technology, Iraq.
Manuscript received on August 04, 2013. | Revised Manuscript received on August 28, 2013. | Manuscript published on September 05, 2013. | PP: 111-115 | Volume-3, Issue-4, September 2013. | Retrieval Number: D1788093413/2013©BEIESP
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Abstract: Most of the software development companies around the globe are small and medium scale enterprises. These organizations are considered as the back-bone of the world economy (In the year 2008, more than 85% of the companies in US, China, India, Finland, Ireland etc are small and medium scale enterprises). These small and medium firms have realized that improving their process and working methods are crucial for their business, but they are lacking in the knowledge and resources to implement it. Successful software process improvement implementation is a herculean task for these small and medium enterprises since they are not capable of investing the cost of these programs. There is insufficient knowledge about which innovations are effective, and which factors influence the adoption of software process improvement in small and medium enterprises. There is enough evidence that the majority of small software organizations are not adopting existing standards as they perceive them as being oriented towards large organizations and studies have shown that small firms’ negative perceptions of process model standards are primarily driven by negative views of cost, documentation and bureaucracy. In this paper, we present the current significant software process improvement methodologies for small and medium enterprises comparisons, and a proposed methodology for future studies.
Keywords: Software quality, Small and Medium Enterprises, Software Process Improvement, Software Process Improvement Methodology.