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Towards Ubiquitous RE: A Perspective on Requirements Engineering in the Era of Digital Transformation

: Villela, Karina; Hess, Anne; Koch, Matthias; Falcao, Rodrigo; Groen, Eduard C.; Dörr, Jörg; Valero, Carol Naranjo; Ebert, Achim


Ruhe, G. ; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
IEEE 26th International Requirements Engineering Conference, 2018 : 20-24 August 2018, Banff, Alberta, Canada. Proceedings
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5386-7418-5
ISBN: 978-1-5386-7419-2
International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE) <26, 2018, Banff>
Fraunhofer IESE ()
crowdRE; distributed RE; RE for ecosystems; RE for IoPTS; RE with the society; ubiquity

We are now living in the era of digital transformation: Innovative and digital business models are transforming the global business world and society. However, the authors of this paper have perceived barriers that prevent requirements engineers from contributing properly to the development of the software systems that underpin the digital transformation. We also realized that breaking down each of these barriers would contribute to requirements engineering (RE) becoming ubiquitous in certain dimensions: RE everywhere, with everyone, for everything, automated, accepting openness, and cross-domain. In this paper, we analyze each dimension of ubiquity in the scope of the interaction between requirements engineers and end users. In particular, we point out the transformation that is required to break down each barrier, present the perspective of the scientific community and our own practical perspective, and discuss our vision on how to achieve this dimension of ubiquity. Our goal is to raise the interest of the research community in providing approaches to address the barriers and move towards ubiquitous RE.