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Towards a UML Profile for Building on Top of an Existing Application

Towards a UML Profile for Building on Top of an Existing Application
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Author(s): Isabelle Mirbel (Laboratoire I3S, France) and Violaine de Rivieres (Amadeus sas, France)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 5
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.ch136
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


Applications are more and more often built on top of existing ones. Legacy applications and Enterprise Ressource Planning (ERP) are typical examples of development on top of a existing applications or components. It is very important to deal with the particularities of such context in the earliest stages of the process, and especially during the analysis phase, in order to control the risks inherent to this kind of development. Therefore, it is useful to clearly define as soon as possible what will be kept from the running application, why and how. Integration and interfacing aspects have also to be studied carefully. Problems related to building on top of existing applications have been studied from the implementation point of view [Fo99,Be97,Op92]. But we believe that it has to be taken into consideration already during the analysis phase. Indeed, in addition to the code itself, the expertise about the functional domain and the interfaces (describing the relationships the existent application may have with others systems) may also be of interest, as it will be shown in this paper.

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