Experience Report: A Systematic Process For Gathering Quality Attribute Requirements for Industry 4.0 Middleware

Sune Chung Jepsen, Torben Worm, Henrik Bærbak Christensen, Jakob Hviid, Lars Märcher Sandig

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Abstract

The Industry 4.0 (I4.0) vision is about efficient, flexible production supporting rapidly changing requirements through digitalization based upon enabling middleware software architectures. This paper presents a proposal for a systematic approach to gather quality attribute requirements by presenting a three phase process and the application of it in a collaboration project with participants from industry and academia. The first phase, data collection, creates common understanding and gathers initial requirements in the form of industrial high-level requirements (IHLR). The second phase, analyze architectural requirements, systematically analyzes the IHLR through a Quality Attribute Workshop (QAW), and the third phase, Evaluate QAS, evaluates the Quality Attribute Scenarios (QAS) and facilitates knowledge sharing. The process presented resulted in six IHLRs and 14 associated requirements that were analyzed and subsequently mapped into 10 Quality Attributes. The Quality Attributes were refined and described systematically and finally evaluated in interviews with the project participants. Our study contributes towards a better understanding of I4.0 by 1) reporting on a systematic approach of collecting I4.0 requirements from the industry and 2) deriving QASes for I4.0 middleware supporting these requirements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE 25th International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Workshop (EDOCW)
PublisherIEEE
Publication date1. Dec 2021
Pages166-175
ISBN (Electronic)9781665444880
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1. Dec 2021
Event25th IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference Workshops, EDOCW 2021 - Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 25. Oct 202129. Oct 2021

Conference

Conference25th IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference Workshops, EDOCW 2021
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityGold Coast
Period25/10/202129/10/2021

Keywords

  • Industry 4.0 Middleware Software Architectures
  • Quality Attribute Requirements
  • Quality Attribute Scenario
  • Quality Attribute Workshop

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