“Towards Guidelines for Building a Business Case and Gathering Evidence of Software Reference Architectures in Industry” at the JSERD

Here you can find my first journal paper!! 🙂 I did two presentations of this work at my stays in University of São Paulo (USP) and The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in Brazil. Below, you can find the slides, abstract and reference.

Abstract:

Background: Software reference architectures are becoming widely adopted by organizations that need to support the design and maintenance of software applications of a shared domain. For organizations that plan to adopt this architecture-centric approach, it becomes fundamental to know the return on investment and to understand how software reference architectures are designed, maintained, and used. Unfortunately, there is little evidence-based support to help organizations with these challenges.

Methods: We have conducted action research in an industry-academia collaboration between the GESSI research group and everis, a multinational IT consulting firm based in Spain.

Results: The results from such collaboration are being packaged in order to create guidelines that could be used in similar contexts as the one of everis. The main result of this paper is the construction of empirically-grounded guidelines that support organizations to decide on the adoption of software reference architectures and to gather evidence to improve RA-related practices.

Conclusions: The created guidelines could be used by other organizations outside of our industry-academia collaboration. With this goal in mind, we describe the guidelines in detail for their use.

Keywords: Software architecture; Reference architecture; Empirical software engineering; Business case; Cost-benefit analysis; Reference architecture context; Industry-academia collaboration

Reference:

  • [PDF] [DOI] S. Martínez-Fernández, C. P. Ayala, X. Franch, H. Martins Marques, and D. Ameller, “Towards Guidelines for Building a Business Case and Gathering Evidence of Software Reference Architectures in Industry,” Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development (JSERD), vol. 2, iss. 7, 2014. A SpringerOpen Journal.
    [Bibtex]
    @article{martinez-fernandez2014guidelines,
    author = {Mart\'{\i}nez-Fern\'{a}ndez, Silverio and Ayala, Claudia P and Franch, Xavier and Martins Marques, Helena and Ameller, David},
    journal = {{Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development (JSERD)}},
    keywords = {business case,cost-benefit analysis,empirical software,engineering,industry-academia collaboration,reference architecture,reference architecture context,software architecture},
    title = {{Towards Guidelines for Building a Business Case and Gathering Evidence of Software Reference Architectures in Industry}},
    url = {http://www.jserd.com/content/2/1/7},
    volume = {2},
    number = {7},
    doi = {10.1186/s40411-014-0007-5},
    note = {A SpringerOpen Journal},
    year = {2014},
    month = aug
    }