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“Information Infrastructure-Prototyping” as a means of elucidating and elicit requirements: A Case Study at Uppsala University
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“Information Infrastructure-Prototyping” as a means ofelucidating and elicit requirements : A Case Study at Uppsala University (English)
Abstract [en]

Most literature in Information Systems are good at pointing out the advantages of having

a well thought-out information infrastructure in place in order to support the activities of

the organization. They are also good at mentioning the problems that these information

infrastructures often have in reality. However, what the literature does not do too well

is to provide guidance as to how the integration of a new system into an already existing

information infrastructure can be planned and implemented.

As Hanseth and Lyytinen points out “a standard text book on object oriented method-ologies (Mathiassen et al., 2000) spends exactly 1% (4.5/450) of it’s pages on systems inte-gration and issues how to relate design to-be with the current environment” (Hanseth and

Lyytinen, 2004, footnote, p. 211).

This master thesis explores how a new information system can be integrated in the as-is

information infrastructure by analyzing the information infrastructure at Uppsala Univer-sity, where they have identified a need to address the existing problems. This is an informa-tion infrastructure that does not fully support the activities of the organization which leaves

them with a lot of unnecessary manual work that could instead have been automated. A

possible solution to these issues has been found to be the integration of a new system to fill

in the gap where the infrastructure does not support the organization. This is a complex op-eration and a complex issue which is also difficult to fully understand. Therefore this master

thesis explores and proposes a method where prototyping is used for multiple purposes to

elucidate and elicit both business and technical requirements concerning the integration of

a system into an existing information infrastructure.

50 user requirements, 5 interaction requirements and 5 information infrastructure re-quirements were generated through the use of the presented approach. The results suggests

that this approach indeed can be advantageous in situations where requirements concern-ing the new system as well as the interoperability with other systems in the information

infrastructure are not apparent and thus difficult to define.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 85 p.
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-229339OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-229339DiVA: diva2:736281
Subject / course
Information Systems
Educational program
Master Programme in Computer and Systems Sciences
Available from: 2014-08-06 Created: 2014-08-05 Last updated: 2014-08-06Bibliographically approved

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