From user context states to context-aware applications

Boris Shishkov, Marten J. van Sinderen

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    In many cases, in order to be effective, software applications need to allow sensitivity to user context state changes. This implies however additional complexity associated with the need for applications’ adaptability (being capable of capturing context, interpreting it and reacting on it). Hence, we envision 3 ‘musts’ that, in combination, are especially relevant to the design of context-aware applications: (i) At the business level, the different possible context states of the user must be properly identified and modeled; (ii) Both at the business and application level, the corresponding desirable behaviors must be identified and modeled, as well as the overall behavior which represents the required adaptability in terms of valid switches between desirable behaviors; (iii) The models at the business and application level must be aligned, i.e. the application models should represent proper solutions with respect to functionality and adaptability needs expressed at the business level. In this work, we address the mentioned challenges, by furthering the development of a business-application-alignment approach, extending it to cover context-awareness. We illustrate our achieved results by means of a small example. It is expected that this research contribution will be relevant and useful with respect to the challenge of aligning business modeling and software design.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEnterprise Information Systems, 9th International Conference, ICEIS 2007, Revised Selected Papers
    EditorsJ. Filipe, J. Cordeiro, J. Cardoso
    Place of PublicationBerlin Heidelberg
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)978-3-540-88709-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event9th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICEIS 2007 - Fuchal, Madeira, Portugal
    Duration: 12 Jun 200716 Jun 2007
    Conference number: 9

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing


    Conference9th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICEIS 2007
    Abbreviated titleICEIS
    CityFuchal, Madeira
    Internet address


    • EWI-14123
    • IR-62548
    • METIS-252116
    • SCS-Services


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