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Title: An active-architecture approach to COTS integration
Authors: Warboys, B.C.
Snowdon, R.
Greenwood, R.M.
Seet, W.
Robertson, I.
Morrison, Ronald
Balasubramaniam, Dharini
Kirby, Graham Njal Cameron
Mickan, K.
Keywords: QA76 Computer software
Issue Date: Jul-2005
Citation: Warboys , B C , Snowdon , R , Greenwood , R M , Seet , W , Robertson , I , Morrison , R , Balasubramaniam , D , Kirby , G N C & Mickan , K 2005 , ' An active-architecture approach to COTS integration ' IEEE Software , vol 22 , no. 4 , pp. 20-27 . , 10.1109/MS.2005.86
Abstract: Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software products are increasingly used as standard components within integrated information systems. This creates challenges since both their developers and source code are not usually available, and the ongoing development of COTS cannot be predicted. The ArchWare Framework approach recognises COTS products as part of the ambient environment of an information system and therefore an important part of development is incorporating COTS as effective system components. This integration of COTS components, and the composition of components, is captured by an active architecture model which changes as the system evolves. Indeed the architecture modelling language used enables it to express the monitoring and evolution of a system. This active architecture model is structured using control system principles. By modelling both integration and evolution it can guide the system’s response to both predicted and emergent changes that arise from the use of COTS products.
Version: Publisher PDF
Status: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0740-7459
Type: Journal article
Rights: (c) 2005 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other users, including reprinting/ republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted components of this work in other works.
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