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Using Economic Considerations to Choose Among Architecture Design Alternatives

Technical Report
The SEI developed the CBAM (Cost Benefit Analysis Method), which incorporates the costs and benefits of architectural design decisions and provides an effective means of making such decisions. This paper reports on the application of this method to a real world case study.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-2001-TR-035
DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
10.1184/R1/6585749.v1

Abstract

The software architecture forms an essential part of a complex software-intensive system. Architecture design decision-making involves addressing tradeoffs due to the presence of economic constraints. The problem is to develop a process that helps a designer choose amongst architectural options, during both initial design and its subsequent periods of upgrade, while being constrained to finite resources. To address this need for better decision-making, we have developed a method for performing economic modeling of software systems, centered on an analysis of their architecture. We call this method the Cost Benefit Analysis Method (CBAM). The CBAM incorporates the costs and benefits of architectural design decisions and provides an effective means of making such decisions. The CBAM provides a structured integrated assessment of the technical and economic issues and architectural decisions. The CBAM utilizes techniques in decision analysis, optimization, and statistics to help software architects characterize their uncertainty and choose a subset of changes that should be implemented from a larger set of alternatives. We also report on the application of this method to a real world case study.

Cite This Technical Report

Asundi, J., Kazman, R., & Klein, M. (2001, December 1). Using Economic Considerations to Choose Among Architecture Design Alternatives. (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2001-TR-035). Retrieved June 17, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6585749.v1.

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title={Using Economic Considerations to Choose Among Architecture Design Alternatives},
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howpublished={Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library},
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Asundi, Jayatirtha, Rick Kazman, and Mark Klein. "Using Economic Considerations to Choose Among Architecture Design Alternatives." (CMU/SEI-2001-TR-035). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, December 1, 2001. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6585749.v1.

J. Asundi, R. Kazman, and M. Klein, "Using Economic Considerations to Choose Among Architecture Design Alternatives," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2001-TR-035, 1-Dec-2001 [Online]. Available: https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6585749.v1. [Accessed: 17-Jun-2024].

Asundi, Jayatirtha, Rick Kazman, and Mark Klein. "Using Economic Considerations to Choose Among Architecture Design Alternatives." (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2001-TR-035). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 1 Dec. 2001. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6585749.v1. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Asundi, Jayatirtha; Kazman, Rick; & Klein, Mark. Using Economic Considerations to Choose Among Architecture Design Alternatives. CMU/SEI-2001-TR-035. Software Engineering Institute. 2001. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6585749.v1