Pattern Innovation for Architecture Diagnostics in Services Computing

Alfred Zimmermann, Reutlingen University

René Reiners, Fraunhofer FIT



Assessing the maturity of service-oriented enterprise software architectures is a problem since the current practice has been developed rather intuitively providing only a sparse and rarely validated metamodel. In preliminary research, we have developed an original pattern language for supporting repetitive enterprise system architecture assessment. The aim is the evaluation and optimization of these kinds of architectures. For this purpose, we extended base frameworks like the Capability Maturity Model Integration and The Open Group Architecture Framework. Since we apply a pattern catalogue for the assessment of enterprise system architectures, we see ourselves confronted with the problem that patterns are traditionally derived after long experience by an expert group of pattern authors. In our view, this may lead to a decelerated reuse of available knowledge. Our approach intends to integrate available knowledge from services computing and software architects directly from the beginning of the pattern development process. Over time, these ideas are iteratively developed towards validated patterns by feeding back the insights of pattern applications. This allows the early integration of new findings and concepts into the pattern catalogue at an early stage whereas already existing patterns are continuously refined. In this work, we propose both, a clear maturity framework background for the developed assessment patterns, and an early integration of new ideas as pattern candidates within a pattern evolution process.


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Proceedings of PATTERNS 2012, The Fourth International Conferences on Pervasive Patterns and Applications,

Nice, France, 22-27 July 2012, pp. 17-22.




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