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Authors: Paul Abraham 1 ; Vishal Sikka 1 and Gordon Simpson 2

Affiliations: 1 SAP AG., Germany ; 2 Independent Enterprise Technologist, United States

ISBN: 978-989-8425-17-1

Keyword(s): Software reuse, Product platform, Application platform, Technology platform, Product line architecture. Cost-benefit analysis.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Artificial Intelligence ; Biomedical Engineering ; Collaboration and e-Services ; Communication and Software Infrastructure ; Communication and Software Technologies and Architectures ; Complex Systems Modeling and Simulation ; Data Engineering ; e-Business ; Enterprise Architecture ; Enterprise Engineering ; Enterprise Information Systems ; Generic Platforms ; Health Information Systems ; Integration of Data Warehousing and Data Mining ; Integration/Interoperability ; Interoperability ; Knowledge Discovery and Information Retrieval ; Knowledge Management and Information Sharing ; Knowledge-Based Systems ; Languages, Tools and Architectures ; Middleware Platforms ; Model-Driven Software Development ; Ontologies and the Semantic Web ; Sensor Networks ; Service-Oriented Architectures ; Simulation and Modeling ; Software Agents and Internet Computing ; Software and Architectures ; Software Engineering ; Symbolic Systems ; System Architectures ; Technology Platforms

Abstract: SAP is a complex multi-national development organization with a large number of diverse products and changing target markets. Effective allocation of resources is a difficult at the best of times. Of late, the target markets, and supporting technologies, change every couple of years exponentially increasing the complexity, necessitating a way of recalibrating that keeps pace with new realties. SAP, with a mature understanding of functional, software and technical relationships, has adopted a platform approach covering both functional and technology capabilities. However, a variety of factors, many in the management space, prevent that from being effective. This paper will explain why product-line/platform is a better strategy than platform or custom product strategies, in a way that can be understood, proven and adopted by management and developers alike. Specific recommendations of practices for delivering reuse effectively are also provided.

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Paper citation in several formats:
Abraham P.; Sikka V.; Simpson G. and (2010). SHARE VS. OWN - Software Reuse using Product Platforms .In Proceedings of the International Conference on e-Business - Volume 1: ICE-B, (ICETE 2010) ISBN 978-989-8425-17-1, pages 245-255. DOI: 10.5220/0003006302450255

author={Paul Abraham and Vishal Sikka and Gordon Simpson},
title={SHARE VS. OWN - Software Reuse using Product Platforms },
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on e-Business - Volume 1: ICE-B, (ICETE 2010)},


JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on e-Business - Volume 1: ICE-B, (ICETE 2010)
TI - SHARE VS. OWN - Software Reuse using Product Platforms
SN - 978-989-8425-17-1
AU - Abraham, P.
AU - Sikka, V.
AU - Simpson, G.
PY - 2010
SP - 245
EP - 255
DO - 10.5220/0003006302450255

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