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Software acquisition: a business strategy analysis

Farbey, B.; Finkelstein, A.; (2001) Software acquisition: a business strategy analysis. In: Proceedings of Requirements Engineering (RE 2001). (pp. pp. 76-83). IEEE Computer Society Press Green open access


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The paper argues that there are new insights to be gained from a strategic analysis of requirements engineering. The paper is motivated by a simple question: what does it take to be a world class software acquirer? The question has relevance for requirements engineers because for many organisations market pressures mean that software is commonly acquired rather than developed from scratch. The paper builds on the work of C. H. Fine (1998) who suggests that product, process and supply chain should be designed together, i.e., 3D concurrent engineering. Using a number of reference theories, it proposes a systematic way of carrying out 3D concurrent engineering. The paper concludes that the critical activity in supply chain design is the design of the distribution of skills and the nature of contracts

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Software acquisition: a business strategy analysis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/ISRE.2001.948546
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ISRE.2001.948546
Language: English
Additional information: ©2001 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/743
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