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Issue 1 • 1999

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  • Message from the General Manager, global Industries

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s): 1
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  • Preface

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):2 - 3
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    The creation of software from existing resources is a well-established part of programming and software engineering for reasons of quality, productivity, and rapid development and deployment. Progress on this broad approach to reuse began at the lowest levels of programming, such as code, and has slowly reached toward the highest levels of software, such as architecture. The ability to reuse archi... View full abstract»

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  • Enterprise solutions structure

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):4 - 10
    Cited by:  Papers (1)  |  Patents (4)
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    Enterprise Solutions Structure (ESS) is a major ISM initiative to establish a standard architectural framework to support creation, reuse, and maintenance of architecture and design assets for developing and delivering enterprise solutions. It draws on experiences with building customer solutions to distill “best practice” structures, models, and methods. The framework provides a ric... View full abstract»

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  • A standard for business architecture description

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):12 - 31
    Cited by:  Papers (14)  |  Patents (7)
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    A complete architectural specification of an information technology (IT) system includes information about how it is partitioned and how the parts are interrelated. It also contains information about what it should do and the purpose it must serve in the business. This paper provides a set of business concepts that partition the world of business meaning. It discusses the purpose of such an archit... View full abstract»

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  • A standard for architecture description

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):32 - 50
    Cited by:  Papers (5)  |  Patents (3)
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    A profitable information technology (IT) services organization is dependent on widespread asset harvesting (from previous engagements) and scalable asset deployment (into current and future engagements). This activity demands consistency of terminology and notation in the creation and use of engagement artifacts, including work products. This paper presents a standard for architecture description ... View full abstract»

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  • Technical reference architectures

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):51 - 75
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    Today's approaches to solution development are still primarily based on “handcrafting”; and bear little relationship to the asset-based engineering methods so successfully used in other disciplines. In this paper we argue that these handcrafting approaches have passed their “sell-by” dates, and a more disciplined and constrained method of system development is needed. W... View full abstract»

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  • Solution customization

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):76 - 97
    Cited by:  Papers (2)
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    Customization involves fit and alterability and is based on understanding the commonality and variability (c/v) across industries, geographies, customers, and systems. This paper argues for an emphasis on c/v through a customization life cycle, from engineering customizable assets, components, and solutions to supporting their effective deployment. Examples of systems that focus on customization t... View full abstract»

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  • Experiences in reusing technical reference architectures

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):98 - 117
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    Despite significant investment, the promise of reuse in IT (information technology) solution development—shorter delivery times, cost reductions, risk mitigation—has seldom been realized in practice. The difficulties of reuse at the front end of the projects have overwhelmed the potential benefits downstream. Enterprise Solutions Structure (ESS) is designed to provide a rigorous and ... View full abstract»

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  • Technical note—A proposal to simplify data flow diagrams

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):118 - 121
    Cited by:  Papers (2)  |  Patents (1)
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    This technical note presents an adaptation of the data flow diagram (DFD) technique whereby each data store symbol represents a database rather than a single table. It is conjectured that this modification makes DFDs easier to create, understand, and maintain. It also reduces an overlap with the entity-relationship diagram technique by curtailing graphical manifestations of the data model in the D... View full abstract»

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  • Books

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):122 - 124
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  • Suggested reading

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s): 125
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