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COMPARE: A Comprehensive Framework for Architecture Evaluation

  • Lionel C. Briand
  • S. Jeromy Carrière
  • Rick Kazman
  • Jürgen Wüst
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1543)

Abstract

Experience and research have shown that the choice of appropriate architectures in the early design phases of software-intensive systems has a determinant impact on many of the crucial qualities of such systems, e.g., maintainability, efficiency, reusability. Early suboptimal decisions made during the architectural design stage are in general difficult and costly to change in later stages of development. In large scale software systems qualities such as maintainability are primarily determined by architectural decisions. During software acquisition (e.g., outsourced development), it is important to assess the extent to which the software acquired will be suited to an organization’s needs. For example, it is frequently important to know how easily software will accommodate likely requirements changes in the future.

References

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    L. Briand, J. Carriére, R. Kazman, J. Wüst, “COMPARE: A Comprehensive Framework for Architecture Evaluation”, Technical Report ISERN-98-28, Fraunhofer IESE and SEI, 1998. Available at http://www.iese.fhg.de/ISERN/pub/isen_biblio_tech.html
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lionel C. Briand
    • 1
  • S. Jeromy Carrière
    • 2
  • Rick Kazman
    • 2
  • Jürgen Wüst
    • 1
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software EngineeringKaiserslauternGermany
  2. 2.Software Engineering Institute (SEI)PittsburghUSA

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