Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems


One of the current buzz-words in the field of software engineering is Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE). CASE is mainly seen as a means to improve software quality, speed up the development process and support maintenance. Despite great expectations and aspirations for its practical use, the actual diffusion process of CASE seems nevertheless to be surprisingly slow. In this article we view CASE as a technological innovation and focus on factors affecting its diffusion, based on a survey of contemporary literature. The process of introducing CASE in enterprises is characterized, and major factors affecting this process are outlined. The article concludes by pointing to some discrepancies in the literature between what is generally believed to be certain and the documented empirical foundation of this certainty. There seems to be a case of "great expectations", in the sense that many writings are based more on expectations than empirical evidence.