On Modeling and Analyzing Cost Factors in Information Systems Engineering

  • Bela Mutschler
  • Manfred Reichert
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5074)


Introducing enterprise information systems (EIS) is usually associated with high costs. It is therefore crucial to understand those factors that determine or influence these costs. Though software cost estimation has received considerable attention during the last decades, it is difficult to apply existing approaches to EIS. This difficulty particularly stems from the inability of these methods to deal with the dynamic interactions of the many technological, organizational and project-driven cost factors which specifically arise in the context of EIS. Picking up this problem, we introduce the EcoPOST framework to investigate the complex cost structures of EIS engineering projects through qualitative cost evaluation models. This paper extends previously described concepts and introduces design rules and guidelines for cost evaluation models in order to enhance the development of meaningful and useful EcoPOST cost evaluation models. A case study illustrates the benefits of our approach. Most important, our EcoPOST framework is an important tool supporting EIS engineers in gaining a better understanding of the critical factors determining the costs of EIS engineering projects.


Information Systems Engineering Cost Analysis Evaluation Models Simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bela Mutschler
    • 1
    • 2
  • Manfred Reichert
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Daimler AG, Group ResearchUlmGermany
  2. 2.Information Systems GroupUniversity of TwenteThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Institute of Databases and Information SystemsUniversity of UlmGermany

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