In the past, IT system design is mainly driven by two essential factors: technical merits and costs. Environmental consideration only emerges in most recent discussions under the label of green IT. As the evaluation of environmental and climate impact involves too many parameters, some of which are indirect and hidden, it is very hard to make rationale analysis without the support of a holistic strategic analysis framework. In this paper, we propose to extend the goal-oriented requirements modeling language, GRL, to model the rationality behind IT system design, in particular, how the environment related considerations come into play in such design decision making. It can be adopted as a strategic analysis framework to facilitate concrete decision makings under different environmental settings. Example real world scenarios are used to illustrate how the proposed approach can help improve the state of the practice.

-- DanielAmyot - 06 Jul 2011


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Title Designing IT systems according to environmental settings: A strategic analysis framework
Authors H. Zhang, L. Liu, and T. Li
Type Journal
Conference/Journal Title The Journal of Strategic Information Systems
Volume/Number 20(1)
Publisher Elsevier
Month March
Year 2011
Pages 80-95
DOI 10.1016/j.jsis.2011.01.001
Keywords Requirements, Modeling, Goals, Environment, Impact, GRL, i*
Topic revision: r1 - 06 Jul 2011, DanielAmyot
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