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Industrial adoption of model-driven engineering: are the tools really the problem?

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Publication date2013
Host publicationModel-Driven Engineering Languages and Systems: 16th International Conference, MODELS 2013, Miami, FL, USA, September 29 – October 4, 2013. Proceedings
EditorsAna Moreira, Bernhard Schätz, Jeff Gray, Antonio Vallecillo, Peter Clarke
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783642415333
ISBN (Print)9783642415326
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


An oft-cited reason for lack of adoption of model-driven engineering (MDE) is poor tool support. However, studies have shown that adoption problems are as much to do with social and organizational factors as with tooling issues. This paper discusses the impact of tools on MDE adoption and places tooling within a broader organizational context. The paper revisits previous data on MDE adoption (19 in-depth interviews with MDE practitioners) and re-analyzes the data through the specific lens of MDE tools. In addition, the paper presents new data (20 new interviews in two specific companies) and analyzes it through the same lens. The key contribution of the paper is a taxonomy of tool-related considerations, based on industry data, which can be used to reflect on the tooling landscape as well as inform future research on MDE tools.