Identifying Potential Risks and Benefits of Using Cloud in Distributed Software Development

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Oza , N , Münch , J , Garbajosa , J , Yague , A & Gonzalez Ortega , E 2013 , Identifying Potential Risks and Benefits of Using Cloud in Distributed Software Development . in J Heidrich , M Oivo , A Jedlitschka & M T Baldassarre (eds) , Product-Focused Software Process Improvement : 14th International Conference, PROFES 2013, Paphos, Cyprus, June 12-14, 2013. Proceedings . Lecture Notes in Computer Science , vol. 7983 , Springer-Verlag , pp. 229-239 , International Conference, PROFES , Paphos , Cyprus , 12/06/2013 .

Title: Identifying Potential Risks and Benefits of Using Cloud in Distributed Software Development
Author: Oza, Nilay; Münch, Jürgen; Garbajosa, Juan; Yague, Agustin; Gonzalez Ortega, Eloy
Other contributor: Heidrich, Jens
Oivo, Markku
Jedlitschka, Andreas
Baldassarre, Maria Teresa
Contributor organization: Department of Computer Science
Empirical Software Engineering research group
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Date: 2013
Language: eng
Belongs to series: Product-Focused Software Process Improvement
Belongs to series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
ISBN: 978-3-642-39258-0
ISSN: 0302-9743
Abstract: Cloud-based infrastructure has been increasingly adopted by the industry in distributed software development (DSD) environments. Its proponents claim that its several benefits include reduced cost, increased speed and greater productivity in software development. Empirical evaluations, however, are in the nascent stage of examining both the benefits and the risks of cloud-based in-frastructure. The objective of this paper is to identify potential benefits and risks of using cloud in a DSD project conducted by teams based in Helsinki and Ma-drid. A cross-case qualitative analysis is performed based on focus groups con-ducted at the Helsinki and Madrid sites. Participants’ observations are used to supplement the analysis. The results of the analysis indicated that the main ben-efits of using cloud are rapid development, continuous integration, cost savings, code sharing, and faster ramp-up. The key risks determined by the project are dependencies, unavailability of access to the cloud, code commitment and inte-gration, technical debt, and additional support costs. The results revealed that if such environments are not planned and set up carefully, the benefits of using cloud in DSD projects might be overshadowed by the risks associated with it.
Subject: 113 Computer and information sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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