Big Island, HI, USA
Jan. 6, 2003 to Jan. 9, 2003
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.
Kari Smolander, "The Birth of An E-Business System Architecture: Conflicts, Compromises, and Gaps in Methods", HICSS, 2003, 36th Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences, 36th Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences 2003, pp. 185a, doi:10.1109/HICSS.2003.1174397