Journal of Information Systems Engineering and Management

Guiding legacy systems for evolution. PmatE: a case study of maintenance and engineering
André Monteiro 1 * , Gonçalo Vieira 1
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1 University of Aveiro, Portugal
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Journal of Information Systems Engineering and Management, 2022 - Volume 7 Issue 1, Article No: 11689
https://doi.org/10.55267/iadt.07.11689

Published Online: 31 Jan 2022

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ABSTRACT
Even though software change is inevitable, accurate maintenance can extend software lifespan in a subtle way when both budget and time constraints get in the way of software replacement. In the University of Aveiro, the project PmatE – a quiz web platform created to encourage students to like Math – emerged in the      early 1990’s and stacked several applications over the decades without major planning, cleaning or upgrade. This resulted in a huge-sized framework that was crucial to be always available and online and had high operational cost, leading to an increasing amount of technical debt. After 3 decades, the project was studied, refactored and refurbished, leading to a stable consistent framework ready for evolution and software spinouts. This work shows how to manage and engineer solutions to maintain a legacy system and evolve it even when tied up to heavy constraints.
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