Design Science: A Case Study in Information Systems Re-Engineering

Design Science: A Case Study in Information Systems Re-Engineering

Raul Valverde (Concordia University, Canada), Mark Toleman (University of Southern Queensland, Australia) and Aileen Cater-Steel (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-677-8.ch033
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Recently, 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 prebuilt components, capacity for reconfiguration, and higher reliability have contributed to the need to update current systems. Consequently, legacy systems need to be re-engineered into new component-based systems. This chapter shows the use of the design science approach in information systems re-engineering research. In this study, design science and the Bunge-Wand-Weber (BWW) model are used as the main research frameworks to build and evaluate conceptual models generated by the component-based and traditional approaches in re-engineering a legacy system into a component-based information system. The objective of this evaluation is to verify that the re-engineered component-based model is capable of representing the same business requirements as the legacy system.

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