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A Method Tailored for System Integration

A Method Tailored for System Integration
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Author(s): Jon Oldevik (SINTEF Telecom and Informatics, Norway), Arnor Solberg (EDB4Tel, Norway)and Audun Jensvoll
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 4
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch145
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


Large companies that have been in business for some years necessarily aggregate lots of history concerning their business. The business lives and breaths in pursue of new markets, better price/earning rates, etc. Their business systems that were designated to support their business does not always follow the dynamic needs of the business and the surrounding technology; the architecture and technology demands changes; requirements for interchange and interoperability with other, maybe external system, are put forward. Today, there are increasing demands to support open interfaces that can be easily integrated with Internet applications and integrating legacy systems into state-of-the-art component infrastructures. In order to achieve this, we need to identify the structure of the business in terms of systems and components. We need to identify the dependencies between components and the structure and semantics of their interfaces. In this paper, we describe a method based on Unified Modelling Language (UML) and Unified Process (UP) that is tailored to describe component architectures in terms of their collaborations, their structure and semantics of interfaces, to facilitate integration capabilities between components in heterogeneous environments. We also use forthcoming concepts in UML 2.0 to model protocols between components. We aim to provide a method that supports a model driven architecture (MDA™[1]) tuned towards integration.

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