Software & Systems Modeling

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 619–639 | Cite as

Where does model-driven engineering help? Experiences from three industrial cases

  • Parastoo MohagheghiEmail author
  • Wasif Gilani
  • Alin Stefanescu
  • Miguel A. Fernandez
  • Bjørn Nordmoen
  • Mathias Fritzsche
Regular Paper


There have been few experience reports from industry on how Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) is applied and what the benefits are. This paper summarizes the experiences of three large industrial participants in a European research project with the objective of developing techniques and tools for applying MDE on the development of large and complex software systems. The participants had varying degrees of previous experience with MDE. They found MDE to be particularly useful for providing abstractions of complex systems at multiple levels or from different viewpoints, for the development of domain-specific models that facilitate communication with non-technical experts, for the purposes of simulation and testing, and for the consumption of models for analysis, such as performance-related decision support and system design improvements. From the industrial perspective, a methodology is considered to be useful and cost-efficient if it is possible to reuse solutions in multiple projects or products. However, developing reusable solutions required extra effort and sometimes had a negative impact on the performance of tools. While the companies identified several benefits of MDE, merging different tools with one another in a seamless development environment required several transformations, which increased the required implementation effort and complexity. Additionally, user-friendliness of tools and the provision of features for managing models of complex systems were identified as crucial for a wider industrial adoption of MDE.


Model-driven engineering Domain-specific language Simulation Experience report Eclipse Complex systems 



Application Programming Interface


Business Process Modelling


Domain-Specific Language


Domain-Specific Modelling Language


Graphical User Interface


Model-Based Testing


Model-Driven Engineering


Model-Driven Performance Engineering


Object Management Group


Service-Oriented Architecture


Unified Modeling Language


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Parastoo Mohagheghi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Wasif Gilani
    • 2
  • Alin Stefanescu
    • 3
  • Miguel A. Fernandez
    • 4
  • Bjørn Nordmoen
    • 5
  • Mathias Fritzsche
    • 2
  1. 1.SINTEF, and Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyOsloNorway
  2. 2.SAP Research CenterBelfastUK
  3. 3.University of PitestiPitestiRomania
  4. 4.EricssonValladolidSpain
  5. 5.WesternGecoAskerNorway

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