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36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'03) - Track 7
Big Island, Hawaii
January 06-January 09
ISBN: 0-7695-1874-5
Kari Smolander, Lappeenranta University of Technology
This paper describes the system architecture development process in an international ICT company, which is building a comprehensive e-business system for its customers. The implementation includes the integration of data and legacy systems from independent business units and the construction of a uniform web-based customer interface. The research focuses on the creation of e-business system architecture and observes that the architecture is not completely designed through rational decisions and trade-offs. Instead, it emerges through somewhat non-deliberate actions obliged by the situation and its constraints, conflicts, compromises, and political decisions. The interview-based qualitative data is analyzed using grounded theory and a general explanation model for the creation of e-business system architecture is introduced. The role of technical system architecture in e-business systems development is clarified and e-business specific requirements for development methods are listed and compared to the support provided by UML and RUP.
Citation:
Kari Smolander, "The Birth of An E-Business System Architecture: Conflicts, Compromises, and Gaps in Methods," hicss, vol. 7, pp.185a, 36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'03) - Track 7, 2003
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