- Organizations running business critical applications
- Power users, experts
- Ordinary users (home users and companies without professionally managed IT infrastructure)
It is clear that “silent updates” is no option to keep business critical databases at the latest patch level in a large organization. However, business critical applications typically benefit of many layers of perimeter protection and are managed by professional staff. Patch management processes in organization typically run through risk assessment, resource scheduling, and compatibility testing to determine when updates are implemented. This class of users has the expertise to manage and parameterize complex update mechanisms in order to fit their need and schedule.
Expert users don’t need to be excessively taken care by taking control over updates out of their hands. They supposedly know what they do and have the expertise to assess their risks in doing so. They either use the applications themselves or manage them for smaller organizations. This group of users also has the expertise to manage and customize update mechanisms.