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JSW 2011 Vol.6(6): 1050-1066 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.6.6.1050-1066

RAAP: A Requirements Analysis and Assessment Process Framework for Component-Based System

Richard Lai1, Sajjad Mahmood2, Shaoying Liu3

1Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
2Information and Computer Science Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
3Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences, Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan


Abstract—Success of a Component Based System (CBS) depends heavily on the selection of the right components. In reality, components are usually designed for general purposes and finding the ideal ones is often very difficult. The CBS requirements process is hence more complicated than the conventional approach. In this paper, we present a Requirements Analysis and Assessment Process (RAAP) for CBS that can provide quantitative information and guidelines for stakeholders to evaluate the suitability of the components for a given set of requirements. Subsequently, they will be able to select the most appropriate components that best satisfy their needs, taking into consideration the risks involved and the conflicts that could arise as a result of selecting certain components earlier in the process. RAAP consists of three phases: (i) requirements characterization which elicits user requirements; (ii) top-down analysis which calculates the degree of satisfaction of a component and the amount of risks involved; and (iii) trade-off analysis which identifies and resolves the potential conflicts in requirements after certain components have been selected. We also present an application of RAAP to the Seven Eleven Japan system.

Index Terms—Component based system, software metrics, requirements analysis, risk assessment

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Cite: Richard Lai, Sajjad Mahmood, Shaoying Liu, "RAAP: A Requirements Analysis and Assessment Process Framework for Component-Based System," Journal of Software vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 1050-1066, 2011.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
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Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
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