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A proactive support for conceptual interoperability analysis in software systems

: Abukwaik, Hadil; Naab, Matthias; Rombach, H. Dieter

Kaiserslautern, 2015, 4 S.
IESE-Report, 074.15/E
Reportnr.: 074.15/E
Fraunhofer IESE ()
information extraction; Unified Modeling Language (UML); application program interfaces; software architecture; context; documentation; interoperability

Successfully integrating a software system with an existing software system requires beyond resolving the technical mismatches. It needs identifying and resolving the conceptual mismatches that might result in worthless technical integration and costly rework. Often, not all relevant architectural information about the system to integrate with is publicly available, as it is hidden in internal architectural documents and not exposed in the public API documentation. Thus, we propose a framework of conceptual interoperability information and its formalization. Based on this framework, a system's architect can semi- automatically extract the interoperability-related parts from his architecture and lower-level design documentation and publish it in a standardized and formalized way. The goal is to keep the additional effort for providing the interoperability related information as low as possible and to encourage architects to provide it proactively. Thus, we extract from UML diagrams and textual documentation information that is relevant for conceptual interoperability. Companies that aim at interoperation of their systems with others, e.g. companies initiating an ecosystem, should be highly motivated to provide such interoperability information in order to grow their business impact by more successful interoperations. In a more advanced level, also the architect, who is integrating his system with a provided one, could extract interoperability-related information about his existing system and we envision to automatically match the pieces of both sides and identify conceptual mismatches.