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Annals of Computer Science and Information Systems, Volume 17

Communication Papers of the 2018 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems

Unintended effects of dependencies in source code on the flexibility of IT in organizations

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15439/2018F93

Citation: Communication Papers of the 2018 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, M. Ganzha, L. Maciaszek, M. Paprzycki (eds). ACSIS, Vol. 17, pages 8794 ()

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Abstract. This study links business requirements and adaptability of existing software systems. Organizations expect flexibility of IT with regard to business requirements. We hypothesize that the flexibility of business requirements is difficult in IT systems, because of software dependencies in the way domain knowledge is implemented. In this paper, we, therefore, explore how Business requirements have been implemented in the source code of three open source healthcare systems. Outcomes suggest that a tight interdependency of business terminology and functionality in source code hides business requirements from view and thereby hinders IT flexibility on higher levels.


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