On Autonomous Dynamic Software Ecosystems

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Authors

CAPILLA Rafael CIOROAICA Emilia BÜHNOVÁ Barbora BOSCH Jan

Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
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Faculty of Informatics

Citation
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TEM.2021.3116873
Keywords Autonomy; collaborative aspects; dynamic ecosystems; smart behavior; software ecosystems; software product lines; trust
Description Software ecosystems are considered the natural evolution of software product lines. A software ecosystem provides a (software) product within a particular business and organizational context that supports the exchange of activities and services within a domain. However, the increasing degree of autonomy demanded by software ecosystems is elevating the system response to end users, while the existing software ecosystem architectures are not well prepared to deal with the dynamicity of context changes and autonomous behavior needs. In order to provide a transition toward an increased level of autonomy, in this article, we introduce the notion of autonomous dynamic ecosystems as representative of those software ecosystems able to support dynamic, smart, and autonomous features demanded by modern software systems. In this work, we further investigate and provide evidence of four industrial examples that have fully embodied the principles of autonomous dynamic ecosystems, and we characterize the main features and technology requirements of this kind of new ecosystems.
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