Does Software Modernization Deliver What It Aimed for? A Post Modernization Analysis of Five Software Modernization Case Studies

R. Khadka, Prajan Shrestra, Bart Klein, A.M. Saeidi, J. Hage, R.L. Jansen, Edwin van Dis, Magiel Bruntink

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    Abstract

    Software modernization has been extensively researched,
    primarily focusing on observing the associated phenomena,
    and providing technical solutions to facilitate the modernization
    process. Software modernization is claimed to be successful
    when the modernization is completed using those technical
    solutions. Very limited research, if any, is reported with an aim
    at documenting the post-modernization impacts, i.e., whether
    any of the pre-modernization business goals are in fact achieved
    after modernization. In this research, we attempt to address this
    relative absence of empirical study through five retrospective
    software modernization case studies. We use an explanatory
    case study approach to document the pre-modernization business
    goals, and to decide whether those goals have been achieved. The
    intended benefits for each of the five cases we considered were
    all (partially) met, and in most cases fully. Moreover, many cases
    exhibited a number of unintended benefits, and some reported
    detrimental effects of modernization.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME 2015)
    PublisherIEEE
    Pages477-486
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4673-7532-0
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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