"The need for this book—No one has published a similar compendium of MDA case studies, making a transition to new technology is not simply a technical affair, although many of us tend to overlook this point, and the authors are superb writers. These are people who have seen a lot in the industry and have a gift for articulating important trends."—David Frankel, consultant and author
Model Driven Architecture (MDA) is a new approach to software development that helps companies manage large, complex software projects and save development costs while allowing new technologies that come along to be readily incorporated. Although it is based on many long-standing industry precepts and best practices, such as UML, it is enough of a departure from traditional IT approaches to require some "proof of the pudding." Real-Life MDA is composed of six case studies of real companies using MDA that will furnish that proof. The authors' approach MDA projects by describing all aspects of the project from the viewpoint of the end-users—from the reason for choosing an MDA approach to the results and benefits. The case studies are preceded by an introductory chapter and are followed by a wrap-up chapter summarizing lessons learned.
* Written for executives, analysts, architects, and engineers positioned to influence business-oriented software development at the highest levels.
* Filled with concrete examples and analyses of how MDA is relevant for organizations of various sizes.
* Considers a range of uses for MDAfrom business process analysis to full-scale software modeling and development.
* Presents results for each case study in terms of tangible, measured benefits, including automatically generated code, defect reduction, improved visibility, and ROI.
About the Authors
Michael Guttman is a well-known visionary in the areas of IT strategic planning and enterprise architecture. He has been active in the development of a number of industry standards, including CORBA, UML, and MDA. He is the co-author of "The Object Technology Revolution" (1996), and "Developing E-Business Systems and Architectures" (2000) and is a regular columnist in Software Magazine. Mr. Guttman is currently CTO of The Voyant Group.
John Parodi is a software technical communication specialist, writing on topics that include middleware, enterprise integration, security, software architecture, and development methodologies. He is editor of The MDA Journal: Model Driven Architecture Straight From The Masters (2004). Mr. Parodi is the Director of Technical Communications with The Voyant Group.