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"Legacy Transformation: Capturing Business Knowledge from Legacy Systems"
Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications
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Legacy Transformation: Capturing Business Knowledge from Legacy Systems

Gazebo II
Sunday, 8:30, full day


Jean B?zivin, ATLAS Group (INRIA & LINA), University of Nantes, France
Sergio de Cesare, Brunel University, UK
Grant Holland, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Mark Lycett, Brunel University, UK
Chris Partridge, Brunel University, UK


Legacy transformation is a significant problem that modern organizations currently need to cope with. Legacy systems are source of significant corporate knowledge (relating to concepts such as objects, rules, events, processes and services) which in many cases is not properly documented. The source code and data may represent the only source from which business models can be reverse engineered. Current transformation strategies are limited in number and mainly address the technological aspects. The primary concern of current approaches is migrating functionality and data from an obsolete technology platform to a new system developed with state-of-the art technology. Minor or no emphasis is given to the reverse engineering of business knowledge from the legacy systems and its representation in technology-agnostic business models.

There is a growing need in the software development community for methods and techniques that address two complementary problems. Firstly, the reverse engineering of corporate/business knowledge from legacy systems in a traceable form. Secondly, being able to represent business requirements in models that can effectively trace to software models. From the perspective of Model Driven Architecture (MDA) solving this second problem would imply being able to represent computational independent models (CIM) and map these to platform independent models (PIM).

This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in discussing and improving the state-of-the-art in the areas of legacy transformation, business modeling and model transformations.