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Tools and Technologies for Architecture Knowledge Management

Summary: Chapter 6
Tools and Technologies for Architecture
Knowledge Management
Peng Liang and Paris Avgeriou
Abstract As management of architectural knowledge becomes vital for improv-
ing an organization's architectural capabilities, support for (semi-) automating this
management is required. There exist already several tools that specialize in architec-
ture knowledge management, as well as generic technologies that can potentially be
used for this purpose. Both tools and technologies cover a wide number of potential
use cases for architecture knowledge management. In this chapter, we survey the
existing tool support and related technologies for different architecture knowledge
management strategies, and present them according to the use cases they offer.
6.1 Introduction
Architecting is a multifaceted technical process, involving complex knowledge-
intensive tasks [195]. The knowledge that is both produced and consumed during the
architecting activities is voluminous, broad, complex, and evolving and thus cannot
be manually managed by the architect. Furthermore, such architectural knowledge
(AK) [193] needs to be shared and reused among a number of different stakeholders,
and across a number of the lifecycle phases. Especially as the size and complexity
of systems increase, more stakeholders need to get efficiently involved in the archi-


Source: Avgeriou, Paris - Institute for Mathematics and Computing Science, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences