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International Workshop on Incorporating COTS Software into Software Systems: Tools and Techniques, Second International Workshop on (2007)
Minneapolis Minnesota
May 20, 2007 to May 26, 2007
ISBN: 0-7695-2966-6
pp: 1
Soren Blom , University of Leipzig
Matthias Book , University of Leipzig
Volker Gruhn , University of Leipzig
Ralf Laue , University of Leipzig
ABSTRACT
The domain requirements of software projects often seem so specialized to developers that their original design does not incorporate any commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components. However, if major implementation problems are encountered at a later stage in the project, the integration of a COTS component that promises to solve those problems may become a desirable alternative to struggling on with the original implementation. While a number of methods and criteria have already been proposed for requirements engineering, risk assessment and candidate selection of COTS components, they were developed for application in the initial phases of a project and thus do not take into account the much tighter time and design constraints imposed in a later project stage. To spark discussion on necessary adaptations of the established methods, this position paper uses the example of a concrete project to illustrate the characteristics of ?switch or struggle? situations and proposes an initial set of risk factors to be considered at that time.
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CITATION

R. Laue, M. Book, V. Gruhn and S. Blom, "Switch or Struggle: Risk Assessment for Late Integration of COTS Components," International Workshop on Incorporating COTS Software into Software Systems: Tools and Techniques, Second International Workshop on(IWICSS), Minneapolis Minnesota, 2007, pp. 1.
doi:10.1109/IWICSS.2007.12
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