Cloud-Aided Software Engineering: Evolving Viable Software Systems Through a Web of Views

  • Colin Atkinson
  • Dirk Draheim
Part of the Computer Communications and Networks book series (CCN)


Cloud computing is currently generating tremendous excitement in the IT industry. However, most cloud initiatives to date have focused on the delivery of computing services to end users, rather than on improving the engineering and governance of software systems. The cloud has the potential to revolutionize the way software is developed and governed and to consign much of the artificial complexity involved in software engineering today to history. It not only holds the key to reducing the tensions between agile and “heavyweight” methods of developing software, it also addresses the problem of software license management and piracy – software in the cloud cannot be copied! The cloud also promises to unlock the potential of large, heterogeneous distributed development teams by supporting social interaction, group dynamics, and key project management principles in software engineering. In this chapter, we outline the motivation for a cloud-driven approach to software engineering which we refer to as Cloud-Aided Software Engineering (CASE 2.0) and introduce some key innovations needed to turn it into reality. We also identify some of the main challenges that still need to be addressed and some of the most promising strategies for overcoming them.


Cloud computing Enterprise computing Distributed software engineering CASE 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Software Engineering GroupUniversity of MannheimMannheimGermany
  2. 2.IT Service Management DivisionUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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