A method for comparing traditional and component-based models in information systems re-engineering

Valverde, Raul and Toleman, Mark and Cater-Steel, Aileen (2011) A method for comparing traditional and component-based models in information systems re-engineering. Information Systems and e-Business Management, 9 (1). pp. 89-107. ISSN 1617-9846


Many organisations have become aware of the limitations of their legacy systems to adapt to new technical requirements. Trends towards e-commerce applications, platform independence, reusability of pre-built components, capacity for reconfiguration and higher reliability have contributed to the need to update current systems. Consequently, legacy systems, typically designed and developed using traditional methods, need to be re-engineered into new component-based systems. The objective of the study is to develop a method to compare traditional
and component-based models of systems. Design science is the approach used to build and evaluate the method. The method incorporates and integrates existing methodologies for information systems re-engineering and conceptual model
evaluation. A case study illustrating the comparison method revealed that a reengineered component-based conceptual model was capable of representing and enriching all the traditional conceptual model constructs. However, there was a conflict with the use of data flows as these can represent both events and also couplings between processes, data stores, and external agents. Thus, the project
derived an additional set of rules to use when generating a component-based model to improve the re-engineering step.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher's copyright restrictions. http://www.springerlink.com/content/958321027034w32v/fulltext.pdf
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2010 05:05
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: design science; legacy systems; re-engineering; Bunge-Wand-Weber model; component-based systems
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080603 Conceptual Modelling
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080302 Computer System Architecture
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150302 Business Information Systems
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8902 Computer Software and Services > 890299 Computer Software and Services not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s10257-010-0139-z
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8915

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