Ateleological Developments of "Design-Decisions-Independent" Information Systems

Ateleological Developments of "Design-Decisions-Independent" Information Systems

Dimitrios Stamoulis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece), Dimitrios Theotokis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece), Drakoulis Martakos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece) and Georgios Gyftodimos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-034-9.ch004
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Abstract

This chapter introduces ateleology as a new paradigm for developing information systems (IS). It argues that the user should be able to modify the information systems’ behaviour at run-time, unlike contemporary IS. Such information systems, called tailorable, are able to evolve together with their context to adapt to the constantly changing requirements of their users. Ateleology provides a sound theoretical basis for explaining tailorable IS (TIS) development. Using an innovative software architecture made up of dynamic object-oriented software components, it is shown how an IS can be design-decisions-independent and, thus, tailorable, by empowering the user to control the system’s behaviour at run-time. By abolishing design decisions that unnecessarily and irreversibly restrict the IS’s behaviour and by deferring them at run-time, TIS is the first and only breed of IS that evolve and adapt to their context, to achieve constant systems development.

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