On Modeling and Analyzing Cost Factors in Information Systems Engineering

B.B. Mutschler, M.U. Reichert

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    Introducing enterprise information systems (EIS) is usually associated with high costs. It is therefore crucial to understand those factors that determine or influence these costs. Though software cost estimation has received considerable attention during the last decades, it is difficult to apply existing approaches to EIS. This difficulty particularly stems from the inability of these methods to deal with the dynamic interactions of the many technological, organizational and projectdriven cost factors which specifically arise in the context of EIS. Picking up this problem, we introduce the EcoPOST framework to investigate the complex cost structures of EIS engineering projects through qualitative cost evaluation models. This paper extends previously described concepts and introduces design rules and guidelines for cost evaluation models in order to enhance the development of meaningful and useful EcoPOST cost evaluation models. A case study illustrates the benefits of our approach. Most important, our EcoPOST framework is an important tool supporting EIS engineers in gaining a better understanding of the critical factors determining the costs of EIS engineering projects.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings 20th Int'l Conf. on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE'08)
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)978-3-540-69533-2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008
    Event20th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, CAiSE 2008 - Montpellier, France
    Duration: 16 Jun 200817 Jun 2008
    Conference number: 20

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer Verlag


    Conference20th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, CAiSE 2008
    Abbreviated titleCAiSE


    • SCS-Services
    • METIS-251002
    • EWI-12871
    • IR-64807

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