Real-Life MDA

Solving Business Problems with Model Driven Architecture


  • Michael Guttman, Voyant Group, West Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • John Parodi, Independent Consultant, Epsom, New Hampshire, U.S.A.

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.
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The audience is technically conversant but not technically expert, including: CTO's, CIO's, & VP's of engineering, technical managers; and those that have to convince the aforementioned to try new things: software development managers, software architects, and software developers.


Book information

  • Published: December 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-370592-1


"[There is] 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. 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

Table of Contents


I. Introduction

II. Case Studies (this structure repeats for each of the six case studies)
A. Why the client chose an MDA Approach and What They Hoped to Achieve
B. How MDA Was Used
1. Process and Tools
2. Actual Project Experience
3. (Optional) Organizational Development
C. Results and Benefits
D. Ongoing and Planned Use of MDA
E. Client Assessment of the MDA Experience

III. Summary and Conclusions
A. Common Factors in MDA Usage and Success
B. Who Is Likely To Benefit from MDA?
C. Selected Scenarios of MDA Uptake
D. Final Words