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SACAM: The Software Architecture Comparison Analysis Method

  • December 2003
  • By Christoph Stoermer , Felix Bachmann , Chris Verhoef
  • The report outlines the first version of the Software Architecture ComparisonAnalysis Method (SACAM). This method was created to provide rationale for an architecture selectionprocess by comparing the fitness of architecture candidates for required systems.
  • Software Architecture
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • Abstract

    Comparing software architectures for any nontrivial system is a difficult task. Software architectures are designed with particular requirements and constraints, and are often poorly documented. However, organizations often need to select a software architecture for future development from several candidate architectures. The Software Architecture Comparison Analysis Method (SACAM) was created to provide the rationale for an architecture selection process by comparing the fitness of architecture candidates for required systems. The SACAM compares architectures based on a set of criteria derived from the business goals of an organization. SACAM was developed in a technical reuse context where an organization investigated architectural commonalities and differences to explore architectural designs for a software product line architecture. This report outlines a first version of the method and its underlying concepts.

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SEI

Stoermer, Christoph; Bachmann, Felix; & Verhoef, Chris. SACAM: The Software Architecture Comparison Analysis Method (CMU/SEI-2003-TR-006 ). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6605

IEEE

Stoermer. Christoph, Bachmann. Felix, and Verhoef. Chris, "SACAM: The Software Architecture Comparison Analysis Method," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2003-TR-006 , 2003. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6605

APA

Stoermer, Christoph., Bachmann, Felix., & Verhoef, Chris. (2003). SACAM: The Software Architecture Comparison Analysis Method (CMU/SEI-2003-TR-006 ). Retrieved December 20, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6605

CHI

Christoph Stoermer, Felix Bachmann, & Chris Verhoef. SACAM: The Software Architecture Comparison Analysis Method (CMU/SEI-2003-TR-006 ). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6605

MLA

Stoermer, Christoph., Bachmann, Felix., & Verhoef, Chris. 2003. SACAM: The Software Architecture Comparison Analysis Method (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2003-TR-006 ). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6605