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The strengths and weaknesses of software architecture design in the RUP, MSF, MBASE and RUP-SOA methodologies: a conceptual review

Reyes-Delgado, Paola and Mora, Manuel and Duran-Limon, Hector and Rodriiguez- Martiinez, Laura and O'Connor, Rory and Mendoza-Gonzalez, Ricardo (2016) The strengths and weaknesses of software architecture design in the RUP, MSF, MBASE and RUP-SOA methodologies: a conceptual review. Computer Standards and Interfaces, 47 . pp. 24-41. ISSN 0920-5489

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Abstract

The importance of Software Architecture design has been acknowledged as a very important factor for a high-quality software development. Different efforts in both industry and academia have produced multiple system development methodologies (SDMs) that include SA design activities. In addition, standardization bodies have defined different recommendations regarding Software Architecture design. However, in industry Software Architecture best practices are currently poorly employed. This fact constrains the benefits that industry can potentially obtain from Software Architecture design in software development. In this paper, we analyze the degree to which the four main recognized SDMs – RUP (Rational Unified Process), MSF (Microsoft Solutions Framework), MBASE (Model-Based System Architecting and Software Engineering), and RUP-SOA (Rational Unified Process for Service-oriented Architecture) - adhere to the best practices of Software Architecture design. Our analysis points out some of the most important strengths and weakness regarding Software Architecture design and highlights some of the most relevant issues of Software Architecture design that need to be incorporated into such methodologies.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Software Architecture design; Software aArchitecture design in SDMs (RUP, MSF, MBASE, RUP-SOA); General model of Software Architecture design
Subjects:Computer Science > Software engineering
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Lero: The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Publisher:Elsevier
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.csi.2016.02.005
Copyright Information:© 2016 Elsevier
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:21426
Deposited On:19 Oct 2016 09:38 by Rory O'Connor. Last Modified 19 May 2017 16:38

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