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Migrating Industrial Systems towards Software Product Lines: Experiences and Observations through Case Studies
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. ABB Corporate Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7153-3785
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. ABB Corporate Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0921-0878
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
2008 (English)In: EUROMICRO 2008 - Proceedings of the 34th EUROMICRO Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications, SEAA 2008, 2008, p. 232-239Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Software product line engineering has emerged as one of the dominant paradigms for developing variety of software products based on a shared platform and shared software artifacts. An important and challenging type of software maintenance and evolution is how to cost-effectively manage the migration of legacy systems towards product lines. This paper presents a structured migration method and describes our experiences in migrating industrial legacy systems into product lines. In addition, we present a number of specific recommendations for the transition process which will be of value to organizations that are considering a product line approach to their business. The recommendations cover four perspectives: business, organization, product development processes and technology.

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2008. p. 232-239
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4438DOI: 10.1109/SEAA.2008.13ISI: 000262984400029Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-60349120280ISBN: 9780769532769 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-4438DiVA, id: diva2:127330
Conference
34th EUROMICRO Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications, SEAA 2008; Parma; Italy; 3 September 2008 through 5 September 2008
Available from: 2008-12-04 Created: 2008-12-04 Last updated: 2013-12-19Bibliographically approved
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1. Software Architecture Evolution and Software Evolvability
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Software Architecture Evolution and Software Evolvability
2009 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Software is characterized by inevitable changes and increasing complexity, which in turn may lead to huge costs unless rigorously taking into account change accommodations. This is in particular true for long-lived systems. For such systems, there is a need to address evolvability explicitly during the entire lifecycle, carry out software evolution efficiently and reliably, and prolong the productive lifetime of the software systems.

In this thesis, we study evolution of software architecture and investigate ways to support this evolution.           The central theme of the thesis is how to analyze software evolvability, i.e. a system’s ability to easily accommodate changes. We focus on several particular aspects: (i) what software characteristics are necessary to constitute an evolvable software system; (ii) how to assess evolvability in a systematic manner; (iii) what impacts need to be considered given a certain change stimulus that results in potential requirements the software architecture needs to adapt to, e.g. ever-changing business requirements and advances of technology.

To improve the capability in being able to on forehand understand and analyze systematically the impact of a change stimulus, we introduce a software evolvability model, in which subcharacteristics of software evolvability and corresponding measuring attributes are identified. In addition, a further study of one particular measuring attribute, i.e. modularity, is performed through a dependency analysis case study.

We introduce a method for analyzing software evolvability at the architecture level. This is to ensure that the implications of the potential improvement strategies and evolution path of the software architecture are analyzed with respect to the evolvability subcharacteristics. This method is proposed and piloted in an industrial setting.

The fact that change stimuli come from both technical and business perspectives spawns two aspects that we also look into in this research, i.e. to respectively investigate the impacts of technology-type and business-type of change stimuli.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2009
Series
Mälardalen University Press Licentiate Theses, ISSN 1651-9256 ; 97
National Category
Computer Engineering
Research subject
Computer Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4540 (URN)978-91-86135-15-7 (ISBN)
Presentation
2009-01-26, Gamma, Västerås, 14:15 (English)
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Available from: 2009-01-09 Created: 2008-12-17 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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