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Interoperability of software: Demand and solutions

: Blind, K.

Panetto, H.:
Interoperability of Enterprise Software and Applications : Workshops of the INTEROP-ESA International Conference EI2N, WSI, ISIDI and IEHENA 2005, February 22nd, 2005 - Geneva, Switzerland
London: Hermes Science Publ., 2005
ISBN: 1-905209-49-5
INTEROP-ESA International Conference <2005, Geneva>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer ISI ()
Software; interoperability; interface; standard

This paper presents empirical evidence on the demand for interoperability among German software companies. We test a set of hypotheses in the empirical analyses. The findings confirm that the interoperability with the software of their customers is most important. The multivariate analysis shows that the demand for interoperability increases with the company size, confirming the concept of network externalities, especially between users. In addition, for companies trying to achieve lead-time advantage, interoperability is also of high importance to secure the installed user base. Finally, the demand of interoperability depends on the characteristics of specific software products. The most important instrument to achieve interoperability is the disclosure of interfaces, the second preference is the use of standardised architectures.