A process model of change impact analysis for web systems using design knowledge

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Proceedings of the European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems - Informing Responsible Management: Sustainability in Emerging Economies, EMCIS 2011, 2011, pp. 582 - 595
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Change impact analysis (CIA) approaches have been developed to identify the consequences of making changes to system artefacts and to support decision making with regards to those changes. There is a growing body of research on CIA approaches that specifically addresses changes and their impacts on architecture design. However, there is little research focus on approaches that particularly support the identification of impacts on architecture design resulting from business process changes i.e. early identification of change impacts in Web systems. In this paper we propose a process model of CIA(PMCIA) that employs design knowledge to support early identification of change impacts. This process model is described in three steps including analysing changes, tracing potential change impacts and implementing changes on architecture design. We also illustrate the process model through an exemplar case study.
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