Lessons Learned from a Corporate Application of Construction by Configuration in Procter & Gamble

L. Veláquez, K. Domínquez, and M. Pérez (Venezuela)


Construction by Configuration, Software Engineering, Reusability, Deployment, IEEE Std 830, Cooperative work support.


Software engineering in recent years has shifted its focus from programming code from scratch, to reuse of existing commercial-of-the-shelf systems (COTS) by configuring them to meet customer requirements. Despite growing popularity for this software engineering approach, a standard framework has yet to be established. This paper is a case study that explains how the five phases of Construction by Configuration were successfully applied in a collaborative project in the Latin American Research & Development Organization of Procter & Gamble (P&G), and highlighting the main breakthroughs and drawbacks found during the project. Some background of P&G IT operations will be explained followed by a description of Microsoft SharePoint, which was the configurable system used in this project. Lastly, the lessons learned from this project are summarized as a way to improve the feasibility and efficiency of the process for configuring corporate applications in organizations that decide to follow this path.

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