Service-orientation has gained widespread acceptance and is increasingly being employed as a paradigm for structuring both business and IT architectures. An earlier study of extant service analysis and design methodologies discovered a need for holistic approaches that equally account for both business and software services, which motivated the design of a new, consolidated service analysis and design methodology. A challenge in design-oriented research is to evaluate the utility of newly created artefacts (here: the methodology), as they are often intended to become part of complex socio-technical systems. Therefore, after presenting a brief overview of the consolidated methodology, the paper discusses possible approaches for the "evaluate" phase of this design-science research process and presents the results of an empirical evaluation conducted in an Action Research study at one of Australia's largest financial services providers
Korthaus, Axel; Kohlborn, Thomas; Rosemann, Michael; and Couzens, James, "Empirical Evaluation of a Service Analysis and Design Methodology" (2009). ACIS 2009 Proceedings. 86.