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JSW 2016 Vol.11(1): 44-63 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.17706/jsw.11.1.44-63

An Approach for Effort Estimation of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Projects

Esraa A. Farrag1*, Ramadan Moawad2, Ibrahim F. Imam1
1Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Cairo, Egypt.
2Future University, Cairo, Egypt.

Abstract—In the last few decades SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) has become the new trend in the IT industry. Many organizations tend to migrate to SOA in order to cope with the rapidly changing business. Effort estimation of SOA projects has become a real challenge to project managers due to the limited literatures addressing this issue. The traditional effort estimation techniques do not fit SOA projects entirely, as SOA has unique characteristics were not addressed by the traditional cost estimation approaches. These unique SOA characteristics include: loose coupling, reusability, composability and discoverability. On the other hand, cost estimation approaches that were proposed to estimate SOA projects, are still immature and most of them are impractical. They cannot be used in real life projects, as they are more guidelines than actual practical cost estimation approaches. This paper proposes an effort estimation approach for SOA projects that has been applied to different variety of services. It considers SOA characteristics and the various cost factors for different types of services including available, migrated, new and composed services. This proposed approach provides effort estimation technique for each type of service. The proposed approach also gives effort distribution among project phases for easily resources allocation. This framework has been applied to real life projects in the IT industry as the SOA project is divided into its component services and each service is estimated solely based on its type. The services' efforts are then aggregated to calculate the project’s overall effort. The estimated effort relative error in the case studies ranges from 3.66 % and 19.14%.

Index Terms—Software engineering, effort estimation, cost estimation, phased effort estimation, SOA projects, new service, migrated service, composed service.

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Cite: Esraa A. Farrag, Ramadan Moawad, Ibrahim F. Imam, "An Approach for Effort Estimation of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Projects," Journal of Software vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 44-63, 2016.

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