I'm trying to translate the following definition of software performance:

Performance is the degree to which a software system or component meets its objectives for timeliness.

I'm having a hard time translating the word timeliness. Translations like Rechtzeitigkeit, Aktualität, Pünktlichkeit do not seem to fit here.

I found the following definition for information timeliness which seems to capture the meaning pretty well.

Information Timeliness relates to “the availability of the output information at a time suitable for its use”

So how can I translate timeliness in this context?

  • The problem is this is a definition of terms. You have to pick the terms used in German literature on the same topic. My best bet is to look it up there.
    – Janka
    Jun 16, 2017 at 8:54
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    Bummer, the only German source I found does not attempt to translate it: books.google.de/…
    – Janka
    Jun 16, 2017 at 9:07
  • Already the english definition is odd. Performance is not a degree, but it measures the degree to which ... And even though I come from software engineering, I have never heard the term timeliness before. But see my suggestion below. Jun 16, 2017 at 9:16
  • @Janka I've looked into german literature aswell. Balzert offers another definition citing ISO/IEC 9126-1. I would like to present another definition but maybe I'll just stick with Balzert...
    – Phonolog
    Jun 16, 2017 at 9:25
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    Why do you think "Rechtzeitigkeit" doesn't fit the bill here? It's a common technical term for timeliness in real time IT systems design
    – tofro
    Jun 16, 2017 at 9:44

2 Answers 2


Die Performanz gibt an, wie gut ein Softwaresystem oder eine Softwarekomponente die zeitlichen Vorgaben erfüllt.

You may also interpret timely as a synonym for up-to-date, which translates to aktuell. In this case, the following translation is more apt:

Die Performanz gibt an, wie gut ein Softwaresystem oder eine Softwarekomponente die Aktualitätsvorgaben erfüllt.


The used translation for the Information timeliness (or the timeliness of the information) is Aktualität der Information

A quote from a respected source

Aktualität der Information erfasst die Zeitspanne zwischen der Verfügbarkeit einer Information und dem Zeitpunkt, den sie beschreibt.

This term is also used for the software systems. Another citation from a book;

Diese Integritätsinformation gibt dann entsprechende Informationen über die Korrektheit und die Aktualität der Information für die Anwendersoftware.


After the comments, I need to research more to find an alternative translation for timeliness for this specific context.

In similar context, zeitgerecht is also used to mean the word, which OP looks for.

  • The original citation is from Smith and Williams and specific for software engineering. You cannot use another definition without making things up.
    – Janka
    Jun 16, 2017 at 9:05
  • @Janka The OP did not ask the translation (or the source) of the citation. He asked the correct translation for the term "Information timelessness". Correct me please if I am wrong. Jun 16, 2017 at 9:09
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    The OP asked how to translate timeliness in that specific context. May I cite her: I'm trying to translate the following definition of software performance:
    – Janka
    Jun 16, 2017 at 9:10
  • @Janka I editted my answer. Please have a look at that. Jun 16, 2017 at 9:12
  • Your edited part does not describe the Smith and Williams' software performance term, but something about software updating practices. That 's a Verschlimmbesserung.
    – Janka
    Jun 16, 2017 at 9:16

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