Description

EcoPost - Cost Estimation Methodology for Process-oriented Software Technologies and Process-aware Information Systems

Introducing process-aware information systems (PAISs) is usually associated with high costs. It is therefore crucial to understand those factors that determine or influence these costs. Though software cost estimation has received considerable attention during the last decades, it is difficult to apply existing approaches to PAISs. This difficulty particularly stems from the inability of these methods to deal with the dynamic interactions of the many technological, organizational and projectdriven cost factors which specifically arise in the context of PAISs.

Picking up this problem, in the EcoPOST project we are developing a framework to investigate the complex cost structures of PAIS engineering projects through qualitative cost evaluation models. In this context we introduce cost evaluation models as well as rules and guidelines for their design. Respective evaluation models also reflect on results we gathered through empirical and experimental research. Altogether our EcoPOST framework provides an important tool supporting PAIS engineers in gaining a better understanding of the critical factors determining the costs of PAIS engineering projects.

Partners

  • University of Ulm, Institute of Databases and Information Systems
  • University of Twente, The Netherlands, Information Systems Group
  • Daimler AG, Research & Development

Funding

  • Daimler AG

EcoPost

Duration

  • 2005 - 2008

Description

EcoPost - Cost Estimation Methodology for Process-oriented Software Technologies and Process-aware Information Systems

Introducing process-aware information systems (PAISs) is usually associated with high costs. It is therefore crucial to understand those factors that determine or influence these costs. Though software cost estimation has received considerable attention during the last decades, it is difficult to apply existing approaches to PAISs. This difficulty particularly stems from the inability of these methods to deal with the dynamic interactions of the many technological, organizational and projectdriven cost factors which specifically arise in the context of PAISs.

Picking up this problem, in the EcoPOST project we are developing a framework to investigate the complex cost structures of PAIS engineering projects through qualitative cost evaluation models. In this context we introduce cost evaluation models as well as rules and guidelines for their design. Respective evaluation models also reflect on results we gathered through empirical and experimental research. Altogether our EcoPOST framework provides an important tool supporting PAIS engineers in gaining a better understanding of the critical factors determining the costs of PAIS engineering projects.

Partners

  • University of Ulm, Institute of Databases and Information Systems
  • University of Twente, The Netherlands, Information Systems Group
  • Daimler AG, Research & Development

Funding

  • Daimler AG

Duration

  • 2005 - 2008

Additional Information

EcoPost poster

Publications

| 2013 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 |

2013

Mutschler, Bela and Reichert, Manfred (2013) Understanding the Costs of Business Process Management Technology. Studies in Computational Intelligence 444, Springer, In: Business Process Management - Theory and Applications. pp. 157-194. file

2010

Weber, Barbara and Mutschler, Bela and Reichert, Manfred (2010) Investigating the Effort of Using Business Process Management Technology: Results from a Controlled Experiment. Science of Computer Programming, 75(5): 292-310. file

2009

Mutschler, Bela and Reichert, Manfred (2009) Evaluation Patterns for Analyzing the Costs of Enterprise Information Systems. In: 21st Int'l Conf. on Advanced Information Systems (CAiSE'09), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 8-12 June, 2009, LNCS 5565, Springer, pp. 379-394. file

2008

Mutschler, Bela and Weber, Barbara and Reichert, Manfred (2008) Workflow Management versus Case Handling: Results from a Controlled Software Experiment. In: 23rd Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC'08), Special Track on Coordination Models, Languages and Architectures, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, ACM Press, pp. 82-89. file
Mutschler, Bela and Reichert, Manfred and Bumiller, Johannes (2008) Unleashing the Effectiveness of Process-oriented Information Systems: Problem Analysis, Critical Success Factors and Implications. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (Part C), 38(3): 280-291, IEEE Computer Society Press. file
Mutschler, Bela and Reichert, Manfred (2008) On Modeling and Analyzing Cost Factors in Information Systems Engineering. In: 20th Int'l Conf. on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE'08), Montpellier, France, June 2008, LNCS 5074, Springer, pp. 510-524. file
Mutschler, Bela (2008) Modeling and Simulating Causal Dependencies on Process-aware Information Systems from a Cost Perspective. Phd thesis, University of Twente. file

2007

Mutschler, Bela and Reichert, Manfred and Rinderle, Stefanie (2007) Analyzing the Dynamic Cost Factors of Process-Aware Information Systems: A Model-Based Approach. In: Proc. 19th Int'l Conf. on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE'07), Trondheim, Norway, June 2007, LNCS 4495, Springer, pp. 589-603. file
Mutschler, Bela and Reichert, Manfred (2007) Exploring the Dynamic Costs of Process-aware Information Systems through Simulation. In: Proceedings Workshops and Doctoral Consortium at CAiSE '07 (Vol. 1) - 12th Int'l Workshop on Exploring Modelling Methods for Information Systems Analysis and Design (EMMSAD'07), Trondheim, Norway, June 2007, pp. 173-182. file
Mutschler, Bela and Rijpkema, Mark and Reichert, Manfred (2007) Investigating implemented Process Design: A Case Study on the Impact of Process-aware Information Systems on Core Job Dimensions. In: B. Pernici, J.A. Gulla (Eds.): Proc. of the CAiSE'06 Workshops (Vol. 1) - 8th Int'l Workshop on Business Process Modeling, Development, and Support (BPMDS'07), Trondheim, Norway, June 2007, pp. 379-384. file
Mutschler, Bela and Reichert, Manfred (2007) Simulation Models for Analyzing the Dynamic Costs of Process-aware Information Systems. Technical Report TR-CTIT-07-14, University of Twente. file
Mutschler, Bela and Zarvi?, Novica and Reichert, Manfred (2007) A Survey on Economic-driven Evaluations of Information Technology. Technical Report TR-CTIT-07-21 , University of Twente. file

2006

Mutschler, Bela and Bumiller, Johannes and Reichert, Manfred (2006) Why Process-Orientation is Scarce: An Empirical Study of Process-oriented Information Systems in the Automotive Industry. In: Proc. 10th IEEE Int. Conf. on Enterprise Computing (EDOC '06), Hong Kong, China, October 2006, IEEE Computer Society Press, pp. 433-440. file
Mutschler, Bela and Bumiller, Johannes and Reichert, Manfred (2006) An Evaluation Approach for Analyzing Workflow Management Systems from a Value-based Perspective. In: Proc. 10th IEEE Int'l. Conf. on Enterprise Computing (EDOC '06), Hong Kong, China, October 2006, IEEE Computer Society Press, pp. 477-482. file
Mutschler, Bela and Bumiller, Johannes and Reichert, Manfred (2006) Designing an Economic-driven Evaluation Framework for Process-oriented Software Technologies. . In: Proc. 28th Int'l Conf. on Software Engineering (ICSE'06), Emerging Result Track, Shanghai, China, May 2006, ACM Press, pp. 885-888. file
Mutschler, Bela and Reichert, Manfred (2006) Business Process Intelligence (Aktuelles Schlagwort). EMISA Forum, 26(1): 27-31. file
Mutschler, Bela and Reichert, Manfred (2006) A Survey on Evaluation Factors for Business Process Management Technology. . Technical Report TR-CTIT-06-63, University of Twente. file

2005

Mutschler, Bela and Reichert, Manfred and Bumiller, Johannes (2005) Towards Process-Aware Enterprise Software Environments - A Framework. In: Proc. 7th Int'l Conf. Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS'05), Miami, May 2005. file
Mutschler, Bela and Bumiller, Johannes and Reichert, Manfred (2005) An Approach to Quantify the Costs of Business Process Intelligence. In: Proc. Int'l. Workshop on Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architecture (EMISA'05), Klagenfurt, Austria, October 2005, Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI) P-75, Koellen-Verlag, pp. 152-163. file
Mutschler, Bela and Bumiller, Johannes and Reichert, Manfred (2005) Towards an Evaluation Framework for Business Process Integration and Management. In: Proceedings 2nd Int'l Workshop on Interoperability Research for Networked Enterprises Applications and Software (Workshop held in conjunction with the 9th IEEE Intl. Conf. of Enterprise Computing (EDOC'05)), Enschede, The Netherlands, September 2005, IEEE Digital Library. file

Additional Information

EcoPost poster