In today?s volatile business environments, enterprises need to be able to flexibly adapt their information systems and add new functionality quickly. Component-based enterprise architectures promise to help solving these challenges by structuring information systems landscapes into modular business components. However, the derivation of business components from conceptual models still poses research challenges as current methods do not adequately involve the architect and his/her situational preferences. In this paper, we propose an advanced method that facilitates a systematic, reflected derivation of business components. The novel contribution of this paper thereby is to show (i) how the architect can define the derivation of business components from conceptual models as a multi-criteria decision-making problem according to his/her situational preferences and (ii) how the architect can systematically verify the stability of the derivation results. We demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed method by demonstrating its implementation as part of the SeaCoAST tool and applying it to the after-sales processes of a world-wide leading automobile manufacturer.
Birkmeier, Dominik and Overhage, Sven, "A SEMI-AUTOMATED APPROACH TO SUPPORT THE ARCHITECT DURING THE GENERATION OF COMPONENT-BASED ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURES" (2012). ECIS 2012 Proceedings. Paper 218.