Reusing components across multiple configurators

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the way in which an engineering company reuses components of existing configurators across multiple configurators. As the use of configurators has been extended across all lifecycle phases of products, product families, and services, companies tend to develop multiple configurators to support their business processes.
Often, companies develop new configurators from scratch even though some existing configurators comprise components that serve a similar purpose. While the concept of reusability is discussed extensively in software and expert systems development literature, it has not been addressed in the existing literature on product configurators.
In this study, the research team primarily focuses on the approach of reusing and sharing components from existing configurators to develop new configurators in a multi-configurator portfolio. We also examine the benefits and challenges of this reusability approach. The research is supplemented with empirical evidence based on an exploratory case study.
The results demonstrate the way in which an engineering company uses and structures multiple configurators, the experiences with the concepts of reusing and sharing of configurator components and the lessons learned.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st Configuration Workshop
EditorsLothar Hotz, Michel Aldanondo, Torsten Krebs
Volume2467
PublisherCEUR-WS
Publication date2019
Pages53-60
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventConfiguration Workshop 2019 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 18 Sep 201920 Sep 2019
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Conference

ConferenceConfiguration Workshop 2019
CountryGermany
CityHamburg
Period18/09/201920/09/2019
Internet address
SeriesCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Volume2467
ISSN1613-0073

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Ghosh, A., Myrodia, A., Mortensen, N. H., & Hvam, L. (2019). Reusing components across multiple configurators. In L. Hotz, M. Aldanondo, & T. Krebs (Eds.), Proceedings of the 21st Configuration Workshop (Vol. 2467, pp. 53-60). CEUR-WS. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol.. 2467