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Using UML for Web Site Requirements Engineering

Using UML for Web Site Requirements Engineering
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Author(s): Martin Wild (University of Mainz, Germany) and Axel Schwickert (University of Mainz, Germany)
Copyright: 2001
Pages: 3
Source title: Managing Information Technology in a Global Economy
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-07-5.ch122

Abstract

From a strategic point of view, the typical target groups of a company in e-business are the same as in traditional business: the customers (business-to-consumer), the business partners (business-to-business) and within the company itself (business to employee). A company makes its target groups aware of its presence on the electronic market by creating an individual web site on the World Wide Web [Schwi98a;b]. Technically a web site is a collection of interrelated pages (user interfaces), in which the target groups can access both passive information and interactive applications using a navigation system. A web site is created using programme code, is based on system software and requires hardware. It therefore has the same basic characteristics as software. A web site is designed individually for each company and can therefore be seen as individual software [Schwi98b]. As a whole, a web site is therefore a complex software product, which boosts a company´s business performance by increasing market visibility. A web site´s high level of economic importance makes it necessary to plan and develop it systematically. This type of software engineering for web sites is called web site engineering (WSE). The WSE component model in diagram 1 also integrates the structure of a corporate web site environment (components 1 and 2) and a procedure model (component 3) in order to develop a web site [Schwi98c]. The initial analysis of a web site´s requirements is crucial, in particular for the development of the „web site“ software product. The objective of this research project is to create a consistent method for the analysis of web site requirements, to make this method operational using concepts from unified modeling language (UML) and to explore its suitability with web site development projects.

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