Operations of companies have become over-dependent on their supporting enterprise software applications. This situation has placed a heavy burden onto software maintenance teams who are expected to keep these applications up and running optimally in varying execution conditions. However, this high human intervention drives up the overall costs of software ownership. In addition, the current dynamic nature of enterprise applications constitutes challenges with respect to their architectural design and development, and the guarantee of the agreed quality requirements at runtime. Efficiently and effectively achieving the adaptation of enterprise applications requires an autonomic solution. In this paper, we present SHIFT, a framework that provides (i) facilities and mechanisms for managing self-adaptive enterprise applications using an autonomic infrastructure, and (ii) automated derivation of self-adaptive enterprise applications and their respective monitoring infrastructure. Along with the framework, our work led us to propose a reference specification and architectural design for implementing self-adaptation autonomic infrastructures. We developed a reference implementation of SHIFT; our contribution includes the development of monitoring infrastructures, and dynamic adaptation planning and automated derivation strategies. SHIFT, along with its autonomic infrastructure and derived enterprise application, can provide a cost-effective mean to fulfill the agreed quality in these types of applications.
software product lines, component configurations, self-adaptive enterprise applicationsaplicaciones empresariales autoadaptativas, líneas de producto de software, configuraciones de componentes
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