Challenges in Implementing a Knowledge Base for Software Problem Management

M. Jäntti and K. Vähäkainu (Finland)


Problem management, knowledge base, knowledge man agement


Software problem management plays an important role within support and maintenance process. Its main goal is to minimize the impact of problems on the business and to identify the root cause of problems. Unfortunately, many IT organizations have solely focused on reactive problem management and forgotten the benefits of proactive prob lem management. A knowledge base (KB) containing resolutions for known problems is an effective proactive method to decrease the number of problem reports sent by customers. In this paper, we present a results of a case study that identifies challenges in building a knowledge base system for software problem management. A DISER method (originally designed for building experience facto ries) is used as a research framework for the KB implemen tation.

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