OSSAP – A Situational Method for Defining Open Source Software Adoption Processes

TitleOSSAP – A Situational Method for Defining Open Source Software Adoption Processes
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsLópez, L, Costal, D, Ralyté, J, Franch, X, Méndez, L, Annosi, MC
Secondary AuthorsNurcan, S, Soffer, P, Bajec, M, Eder, J
Secondary TitleAdvanced Information Systems Engineering: 28th International Conference, CAiSE 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 13-17, 2016. Proceedings
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Place PublishedCham
ISBN Number978-3-319-39696-5

Organizations are increasingly becoming Open Source Software (OSS) adopters, either as a result of a strategic decision or just as a consequence of technological choices. The strategy followed to adopt OSS shapes organizations’ businesses; therefore methods to assess such impact are needed. In this paper, we propose OSSAP, a method for defining OSS Adoption business Processes, built using a Situational Method Engineering (SME) approach. We use SME to combine two well-known modelling methods, namely goal-oriented models (using i*) and business process models (using BPMN), with a pre-existing catalogue of goal-oriented OSS adoption strategy models. First, we define a repository of reusable method chunks, including the guidelines to apply them. Then, we define OSSAP as a composition of those method chunks to help organizations to improve their business processes in order to integrate the best fitting OSS adoption strategy. We illustrate it with an example of application in a telecommunications company.

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