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Towards a typification of software ecosystems

 
: Knodel, Jens; Manikas, Konstantinos

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Fernandes, João M. (Ed.):
Software Business. 6th International Conference, ICSOB 2015. Proceedings : Braga, Portugal, June 10-12, 2015
Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015 (Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing 210)
ISBN: 978-3-319-19592-6 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-319-19593-3 (Online)
ISBN: 3-319-19592-1
S.60-65
International Conference on Software Business (ICSOB) <6, 2015, Braga>
Englisch
Konferenzbeitrag
Fraunhofer IESE ()
software engineering; ecosystem taxonomy; ecosystem type; software ecosystem

Abstract
Traditionally, software engineering has been dominated by stand-alone development organizations and collaborations between contractors, integrators and suppliers. In the last decade, the notion of software ecosystems has been established as a new paradigm in software engineering. In its essence it proposes participative engineering across independent development organizations centered on a common technology. This paper reviews the current state-of-the-art and presents a first step towards a typification of successful software ecosystems. We discuss key characteristic of the ecosystem types and present a set of example cases. The characterization reviews and consolidates existing research and discusses variations within the key building block of a software ecosystem. It further enables sharpening the borders of what an ecosystem is (and what not) and how the individual types can be differentiated. Thus, this paper contributes to widening the understanding of software ecosystems and serves to prepare a software ecosystem taxonomy.

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