What are the key challenges facing software engineering?

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Coping with legacy (old) systems, coping with increasing diversity (variety) and coping with demands for reduced delivery times Legacy systems Old, valuable systems must be maintained and updated Heterogeneity Systems are distributed and include a mix of hardware and software Delivery There is increasing pressure for faster delivery of software Professional and ethical responsibility Software engineering involves wider responsibilities than simply the application of technical skills. Software engineers must behave in an honest and ethically (morel, principled) responsible way if they are to be respected as professionals. Issues of professional responsibility Confidentiality Engineers should normally respect the confidentiality (privacy) of their employers or clients irrespective of whether or not a formal confidentiality agreement has been signed. Competence Engineers should not misrepresent their level of competence (capability). They should not knowingly accept work which is ... more
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