Mar. 16, 1998 to Mar. 19, 1998
Maintaining large software systems based on Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components is a major cost driver for these systems. Maintenance includes activities from component replacement to trouble-shooting and configuration management. The maintenance costs for COTS based software systems can be reduced by building systems according to specific design criteria. This paper identifies the major activities of a system maintainer, describes the properties that can be designed into a system to facilitate these activities, and outlines a checklist of items that can be verified during a design or code review, or during the evaluation of a COTS components in order to guarantee these properties are built into the system. The verification is illustrated using a photo imaging system that is currently under development.
COTS, maintenance, management, design, evaluation.
Mark R. Vigder, John Dean, "Building Maintainable COTS Based Systems", ICSM, 1998, 2013 IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, 2013 IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance 1998, pp. 132, doi:10.1109/ICSM.1998.738501