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Escape From Winchester Mansion – Toward a Set of Design Principles to Master Complexity in IT Architectures

Schütz, Alexander and Widjaja, Thomas and Gregory, Robert Wayne (2013):
Escape From Winchester Mansion – Toward a Set of Design Principles to Master Complexity in IT Architectures.
In: International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Milan, Italy, December 15-18, 2013, [Conference or Workshop Item]

Abstract

Although the management of complexity is a central task of CIOs and IT architects, in-depth examinations and the development of design theory in this area is, to the best of our knowledge, underrepresented in existing IS literature. Especially theory-based guidelines and information systems for the management of IT architecture complexity are missing. In a joint team of practitioners and researchers, we applied the action design research (ADR) method in order to tackle this class of problems, i.e., IT architecture complexity management. We derived a set of seven design principles (that guide the design of an information system that supports IT architects to manage IT architecture complexity), which we evaluated and enriched during multiple ‘building, intervention and evaluation’ cycles, according to ADR. In addition, we simultaneously implemented and evaluated a material artifact (i.e., a piece of software) for IT architecture complexity management.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2013
Creators: Schütz, Alexander and Widjaja, Thomas and Gregory, Robert Wayne
Title: Escape From Winchester Mansion – Toward a Set of Design Principles to Master Complexity in IT Architectures
Language: English
Abstract:

Although the management of complexity is a central task of CIOs and IT architects, in-depth examinations and the development of design theory in this area is, to the best of our knowledge, underrepresented in existing IS literature. Especially theory-based guidelines and information systems for the management of IT architecture complexity are missing. In a joint team of practitioners and researchers, we applied the action design research (ADR) method in order to tackle this class of problems, i.e., IT architecture complexity management. We derived a set of seven design principles (that guide the design of an information system that supports IT architects to manage IT architecture complexity), which we evaluated and enriched during multiple ‘building, intervention and evaluation’ cycles, according to ADR. In addition, we simultaneously implemented and evaluated a material artifact (i.e., a piece of software) for IT architecture complexity management.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Complexity, IT Architecture, Design Principles, Action Design Research
Divisions: 01 Department of Law and Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Betriebswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
01 Department of Law and Economics > Betriebswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete > Information Systems
Event Title: International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
Event Location: Milan, Italy
Event Dates: December 15-18, 2013
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 06:46
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