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Business Sustainability for Software Systems
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. (Software Engineering)
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. (Software Engineering)
2008 (English)In: Business Sustainability 2008, Ofir, Portugal, 2008Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Sustainable development of industrial software systems with controllable outcome in terms of cost, schedule and quality despite changes originating from new technology, stakeholders’ concerns, organization, and business goals during long life-times is a challenge. Unruh has argued that numerous barriers to sustainability arise because today’s technological systems were designed and built for permanence and reliability, not change. Sustainability is a characteristic of a process or state that can be maintained at a certain level indefinitely. The implied preference would be for systems to be productive indefinitely, to be “sustainable”. For instance, “sustainable development” would be development of software systems that last indefinitely. Author Michael Pollan has defined an unsustainable system simply as “a practice or process that can’t go on indefinitely because it is destroying the very conditions on which it depends

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008.
National Category
Computer Science
Research subject
Computer Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-6664OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-6664DiVA: diva2:232285
Available from: 2009-08-21 Created: 2009-08-21 Last updated: 2009-08-21Bibliographically approved
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1. Exploring Sustainable Industrial Software System Development: within the Software Architecture Environment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring Sustainable Industrial Software System Development: within the Software Architecture Environment
2009 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis describes how sustainable development definitions can be transposed to the software architecture environment for the industrial software system domain. In a case study, sustainable development concerns from three companies are investigated for their influence on the dimensions of sustainable development: economical, environmental, and social sustainability. Classifying the case study’s concerns, in the thesis’s Software Engineering taxonomy, shows that the software development concerns are in majority and the software architecture concerns surprisingly few. The economical sustainability concerns dominate followed by social sustainability concerns, including both concerns successfully met and concerns to be met.

Sustainable industrial software system development is in the thesis defined as: “Sustainable industrial software system development meets current stakeholders’ needs without compromising the software development organization’s ability to meet the needs of future stakeholders”. Understanding current and future stakeholders concerns is necessary for the formulation of sustainability goals and metrics. Clarifying the interrelationships among stakeholders’ concerns’ impact on business goals and software qualities, in the thesis’s Influencing Factors method, proves to help stakeholders understand their future needs.

Trust is found to be critical for sustainable development. For the establishing of trust between system and system users, the usability quality is vital. To implement usability support in the architecture in the early design phase, reusable architectural responsibilities are created. The reusable architectural responsibilities are integrated into an experience factory and used by the product line system architects, resulting in a return of investment of 25:2.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalens högskola, 2009
Series
Mälardalen University Press Licentiate Theses, ISSN 1651-9256 ; 107
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Computer Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-6672 (URN)978-91-86135-36-2 (ISBN)
Presentation
2009-10-15, Kappa, Mälardalens Högskola, Västerås, 13:00 (English)
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Pasas- Analyzing the enterprise-, system-, and software architecture impact of stakeholders’ concerns for profitable industrial software systems
Available from: 2009-08-21 Created: 2009-08-21 Last updated: 2009-11-10Bibliographically approved

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