Version Transitioning of Enterprise Systems in Software Ecosystems
A Grounded Theory Approach
Keywords:Grounded Theory, Enterprise Systems, Software Ecosystems, Implementation Consultants, Adoption, Diffusion of Innovations
This paper presents an emerging theory of version transi- tioning from an old to a new version of a pre-packaged en- terprise system among consultant companies in a software ecosystem. The emerging theory proposes the key catego- ries of Perceiving, Pushing, Implementing, and Increased experience as stages in the transition process, and the cate- gories of Technology impact, Supplier impact, Customer im- pact, Strategy impact, and Market impact as key contextual categories impacting the transition process. The emerging theory proposes an iterative nature of the transition process in which each stage in the process is undergone multiple times by the consultant companies. The integration of the emerging theory with existing adoption and difusion theo- ries provides an initial step towards a formal theory of ver- sion transitioning in software ecosystems.
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