WEB-based SYStems -- Time-to-market vs. Reliability




The growth of the Internet, intranets, extranets, and the World Wide Web has already had a significant impact on most aspects of our societies. Many legacy information and database systems are being migrated to the Internet and the Web environments, and the term web engineering has been coined.

Web-based systems differ from traditional software development in a much shorter development time and product life cycle. However, it is often impossible to apply the same level of formal planning and testing as for traditional software development. Web-based applications thus have a higher probability of failure during operation. Combined with the increased use of broad-band services, this may lead to a Web crisis. The eNorge plan sums up the prerequisites of the knowledge society to be access - knowledge - confidence.

The proposed Websys aims to provide a better overall understanding of the trade-off between reduced time-to-market and increased reliability in developing Web-based systems. This understanding will manifest itself as better methods and more standard processes, that can be applied, tested and refined through empirical work in three cooperating software companies. By this, we will gain insight in and improve the companiesí development processes. Dissemination will occur in the form of papers, reports, and courses. We also have planned collaboration with foreign academic counterparts, especially in Germany, UK, Italy, and USA. The project will employ three PhD students, a postdoc, and a part-time researcher.