A Systematic Snapshot of Small Packaged Software Vendors' Enterprises

A Systematic Snapshot of Small Packaged Software Vendors' Enterprises

Moutasm Tamimi (Faculty of Information Technology, Department of Software Engineering, Zarqa University, Jordan) and Issam Jebreen (Faculty of Information Technology, Department of Software Engineering, Zarqa University, Jordan)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/IJEIS.2018040102

Abstract

This article describes how small packaged software vendors' enterprises (SPSVEs) have played a massive role in a software environment and contributed dramatically to economies. The purpose of this article is to investigate and categorize the most recent of literature addressing small packaged software vendors' enterprises through a systematic snapshot research in order to identify current research topics and highlight some areas needing more consideration. The pattern of the authors' systematic approach is based on developing a classification scheme which targets a collection of papers published within the period of 2007-2017. The authors analysed one hundred and one papers from peer-reviewed conferences, journals, and workshops to examine the current state of SPSVE's research in order to provide systematic snapshot mapping (SSM) that includes the small packaged software life cycle, research methods used, and country of study. The systematic snapshot of 101 papers reveals that the majority of the literature has focused on the planning and implementation phases of SPSVEs. Figuring out a new model of packaged software life-cycle in SMEs will occur by applying the model of categorizations with regard to the life cycle with its factors and sub factors. Moreover, it will contribute to finding research methods, regions, top ten citation, articles type classifications, and other kinds of classifications. This research is targeted to small packaged software vendors' enterprises (SPSVEs). The authors' finding is intended for software research areas more than economic research areas. This article has presented a high degree of benefits in order to assist researchers in evidence-based decision making in terms of investigating hot research areas in line with the small packaged software vendors' enterprises (SPSVEs).
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2. Material And Method

This section presents the investigation method is used to gather resources regarding the current literature on SPSVEs using the Systematic Snapshot Mapping (SSM) method. To classify this literature, we allocate a research time period between January 2007 until August 2017. This study followed guidelines produced by Petersen (Petersen, et al., 2008) for carrying out the systematic mapping studies.

Regarding the method of classifications in this paper, we present a new driven approach of classification is fit with packaged software lifecycle which has taken from Shaul (Shaul & Tauber, 2012). All preceding researchers have been used the packaged software lifecycle based on agenda classification research in 1999 for the large enterprises (Esteves & Pastor, 1999). However, we conducted a new model of classifications which presented in 2012 by Shaul (Shaul & Tauber, 2012) that’s suitable for SPSVEs investigations.

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