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A Survival Analysis of Application Life Spans based on Enterprise Architecture Models

Stephan Aier, Sabine Buckl, Ulrik Franke, Bettina Gleichauf, Pontus Johnson, Per Naerman, Christian M. Schweda & Johan Ullberg

abstract Modern enterprises face the challenge to survive in an ever changing envi­ronment. One commonly accepted means to address this challenge and further enhance survivability is enterprise architecture (EA) management, which provides a holistic model-based approach to business/IT alignment. Thereby, the decisions taken in the context of EA management are based on accurate documentation of IT systems and business processes. The maintenance of such documentation causes high investments for enterprises, especially in the absence of information on the change rates of different systems and processes. In this paper we propose a method for gathering and analyzing such information. The method is used to analyze the life spans of the application portfolio of three companies from different industry sectors. Based on the results of the three case studies implications and limitations of the method are discussed.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
name of conference 3rd International Workshop on Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures (Ulm)
date of conference 01-05-2009
title of proceedings Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures, Proceedings of the 3rd Int'l Workshop EMISA 2009
page(s) 141-154
volume / edition LNI P-152
publisher Gesellschaft für Informatik, Köllen (Bonn)
review double-blind review
   
citation Aier, S., Buckl, S., Franke, U., Gleichauf, B., Johnson, P., Naerman, P., Schweda, C. M., & Ullberg, J. (2009). A Survival Analysis of Application Life Spans based on Enterprise Architecture Models. In Mendling, J., Rinderle-Ma, S., & Esswein, W. (Eds.), Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures, Proceedings of the 3rd Int'l Workshop EMISA 2009, LNI P-152, pp.141-154. Bonn: Gesellschaft für Informatik, Köllen.