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Business Sustainability for Software Systems


Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


Business Sustainability 2008, Ofir, Portugal


International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IJISE)


Sustainable development of industrial software systems with controllable outcome in terms of cost, schedule and quality despite changes originating from new technology, stakeholders’ concerns, organization, and business goals during long life-times is a challenge. Unruh [17] has argued that numerous barriers to sustainability arise because today's technological systems were designed and built for permanence and reliability, not change. Sustainability is a characteristic of a process or state that can be maintained at a certain level indefinitely. The implied preference would be for systems to be productive indefinitely, to be "sustainable." For instance, "sustainable development" would be development of software systems that last indefinitely. Author Michael Pollan [13] has defined an unsustainable system simply as "a practice or process that can't go on indefinitely because it is destroying the very conditions on which it depends.


author = {Pia Stoll and Anders Wall},
title = {Business Sustainability for Software Systems},
editor = {Goran D. Putnik, University of Minho},
month = {June},
year = {2008},
booktitle = {Business Sustainability 2008, Ofir, Portugal},
publisher = {International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IJISE)},
url = {}