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14th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM'98)
Building Maintainable COTS Based Systems
Bethesda, Maryland
March 16-March 19
ISBN: 0-8186-8779-7
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.
Index Terms:
COTS, maintenance, management, design, evaluation.
Citation:
Mark R. Vigder, John Dean, "Building Maintainable COTS Based Systems," icsm, pp.132, 14th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM'98), 1998
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