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Considerations and challenges for the adoption of open source components in software-intensive businesses
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, Informatics Research Environment. (Software Systems Research Group (SSRG))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6215-3753
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, Informatics Research Environment. (Software Systems Research Group (SSRG))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2700-2535
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, Informatics Research Environment. (Software Systems Research Group (SSRG))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2825-135x
Combitech AB, Linköping, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2161-164X
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2022 (English)In: Journal of Systems and Software, ISSN 0164-1212, E-ISSN 1873-1228, Vol. 186, article id 111152Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Component-Based Software Development is a conventional way of working for software-intensive businesses and OpenSource Software (OSS) components are frequently considered by businesses for adoption and inclusion in softwareproducts. Previous research has found a variety of practices used to support the adoption of OSS components, in-cluding formally specified processes and less formal, developer-led approaches, and that the practices used continue todevelop. Evolutionary pressures identified include the proliferation of available OSS components and increases in thepace of software development as businesses move towards continuous integration and delivery. We investigate workpractices used in six software-intensive businesses in the primary and secondary software sectors to understand currentapproaches to OSS component adoption and the challenges businesses face establishing effective work practices to eval-uate OSS components. We find businesses have established processes for evaluating OSS components and communitiesthat support more complex and nuanced considerations of the cost and risks of component adoption alongside matterssuch as licence compliance and functional requirements. We also found that the increasing pace and volume of softwaredevelopment within some businesses provides pressure to continue to evolve software evaluation processes.

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Elsevier, 2022. Vol. 186, article id 111152
Keywords [en]
Component-based software development, software adoption, open source software
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Computer Systems
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INF304 Open Source; Software Systems Research Group (SSRG)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-20817DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2021.111152ISI: 000750027000016Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85122228228OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-20817DiVA, id: diva2:1622999
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Corresponding author: simon.butler@his.se (Simon Butler)

Available online 24 December 2021

Available from: 2021-12-27 Created: 2021-12-27 Last updated: 2022-04-11Bibliographically approved

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