Product Line Engineering for Standard Software Customisations (PL4X)
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Existing SPLE approaches often require up-front investments to build reusable artifacts and require changes in the development process, organization, and technical realisation. For companies (typically SMEs) that customize and sell standard software products, such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, from other software vendors, it is often unfeasible to adopt an SPLE approach as significant updates of the underlying platform make established reuse infrastructures obsolete every one to three years. To benefit from systematic reuse, companies operating in the ERP domain need lightweight approaches to quickly assess the reuse potential in their existing product customizations and means to identify domain-specific units of reuse (features) and their corresponding artifacts. A high degree of automation is required to enable systematic reuse and an early payoff before the next platform release.