Achieving Sustainable Tailorable Software Systems by Collaboration Between End-Users and Developers

Achieving Sustainable Tailorable Software Systems by Collaboration Between End-Users and Developers

Jeanette Eriksson (Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden) and Yvonne Dittrich (IT-University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-136-0.ch002
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Abstract

This chapter reports on a case study performed in cooperation with a telecommunication provider. The telecom business changes rapidly as new services are continuously introduced. The rapidly changing business environment demands that the company has supportive, sustainable information systems to stay on the front line of the business area. The company’s continuous evolution of the IT-infrastructure makes it necessary to tailor the interaction between different applications. The objective of the case study was to explore what is required to allow end users to tailor the interaction between flexible applications in an evolving IT-infrastructure to provide for software sustainability. The case study followed a design research paradigm where a prototype was created and evaluated from a use perspective. The overall result shows that allowing end users to tailor the interaction between flexible applications in an evolving IT infrastructure relies on, among other things, an organization that allows cooperation between users and developers that supports both evolution and tailoring.
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The research on end-user tailoring addresses mainly the design of tailorable applications and tailoring as a work practice, and cooperation between users and tailors.

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