Applying model-driven engineering in small software enterprises
EntityUAM. Departamento de Ingeniería Informática
10.1016/j.scico.2013.04.007Science of Computer Programming 89.B (2014): 176–198
ISSN0167-6423 (print); 1872-7964 (online)
Funded byThis work has been supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity (project “Go Lite” TIN2011-24139), by the European Commission under the ICT Policy Support Programme, grant no. 317859, and by Fundacion Séneca-CARM (grant 15389/PI/10).
SubjectsExperience report; Incremental consistency; Model Driven Engineering; Small companies; Informática
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Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) is increasingly gaining acceptance in the software engineering community, however its adoption by the industry is far from successful. The number of companies applying MDE is still very limited. Although several case studies and reports have been published on MDE adoption in large companies, experience reports on small enterprises are still rare, despite the fact that they represent a large part of the software companies ecosystem. In this paper we report on our practical experience in two transfer of technology projects on two small companies. In order to determine the degree of success of these projects we present some factors that have to be taken into account in transfer of technology projects. Then, we assess both projects analyzing these factors and applying some metrics to give hints about the potential productivity gains that MDE could bring. We also comment on some lessons learned. These experiences suggest that MDE has the potential to make small companies more competitive, because it enables them to build powerful automation tools at modest cost. We will also present the approach followed to train these companies in MDE, and we contribute the teaching material so that it can be used or adapted by others projects of this nature.
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