Lars Bendix

Andreas Goranson

One way to deal with product lines and products that have to exist in many variants is to use a componentbased approach. This allows a lot of flexibility in creating new products and can reduce time and costs.However, the flexibility in composing products from a base of components is not without problems. Complexityincreases in the composition process when combining many components to one large system – in particular because components may also exist in several revisions or variants. Furthermore, there are many different stakeholders involved in the development of new components and products and they all work at different levels of granularity and have different needs.
From the analysis of a complex industrial context, we have identified a set of issues and challenges that need to be addressed for advanced product composition. A shared component base can work as a repository for storing facts and information about components and a rule-base will allow users to reason about configurations at a higher level such as completeness and consistency.

Keywords: High-level composition, rule-based configuration, variant management, configuration management,common terminology.


Lars Bendix is a specialist in software configuration management and an associate professor at Lund University. He is a driving force in academia for research and teaching of SCM. For more than 10 years he has had close collaboration with industry, both on joint research projects and as a consultant giving courses and advice on practical application of SCM. In 2004 he initiated the Scandinavian Network of Excellence in SCM (SNESCM) and has since 2005 organized its yearly Scandinavian SCM day.
Andreas Goranson has been working with software development and Configuration Management (CM) for more than a decade. After graduating from Lund Institute of Technology he started to work at Ericsson and later he joined Sony Ericsson when the company was formed. He currently has the position as Enterprise CM Architect and is working with CM strategies and projects on a companywide, global level.