Managing complexity of enterprise information systems

Leszek A. Maciaszek*

*Corresponding author for this work

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2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The complexity of modern software is not that much in the size of systems as it is in the "wires" - in the linkages and communication paths between system components. The inter-component linkages create dependencies between distributed components that are difficult to understand and manage. The difficulty is inflated by the fact that components are frequently developed and managed by separate teams and by various component providers. This paper identifies main issues for successful management of complexity in large software projects. It makes it clear that a complexity-aware architectural design paves the way for developing supportable systems. It makes it also clear that unless implementation is design-conformant and complexity-assured, the initial good intents may still result in an unsupportable system. Without rigorous project management, supported by tools able to compute and visualize complexity metrics, contemporary large software production is doomed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICEIS 2004 - Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems
EditorsIsabel Seruca, José Cordeiro, Slimane Hammoudi, Joaquim Filipe
Place of PublicationDodrecht
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Pages30-36
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9728865007
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventICEIS 2004 - Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 14 Apr 200417 Apr 2004

Other

OtherICEIS 2004 - Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems
CountryPortugal
CityPorto
Period14/04/0417/04/04

Keywords

  • Object dependency management
  • Software architectures
  • Software complexity

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