Software Sustainability: Strategies for Long-Lasting and Usable Research Software

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    Software Engineers in Transition: Self-Role Attribution and Awareness for Sustainability
    ( 2022-01-04) Betz, Stefanie ; Lammert, Dominic ; Porras, Jari
    Context: The Software Engineering process can be seen as a socio-technical activity that involves fulfilling one's role as part of a team. Accordingly, software products and services are the result of a specific collaboration between employees (and other stakeholders). In recent years, sustainability, which Requirements Engineers often paraphrase as the ability of a system to endure, is becoming part of the process and thus the responsibility of Software Engineers (SE) as well. Objectives: This study shines the spotlight on the role of the SE: their self-attribution and their awareness for sustainability. We interviewed 13 SEs to figure out how they perceive their own role and to which extent they implement the topic of sustainability in their daily work. By visualizing these two sides, it is possible to debate changes and their possible paths to benefit the Software Engineering process including sustainability design. Results: A discrepancy between the current role and the ideal role of SEs becomes visible. It is characterized in particular by dwelling on their “classic” or time-honored tasks as an executive force, such as coding. At the same time, they point out the still missing necessity of an interdisciplinary, from communication coined working method. According to our interviewees SEs are inefficiently involved in the design process. They do not sufficiently assume their responsibility for the software and its sustainability impacts.
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    Public Safety Secretariat of Mato Grosso Microservice Environment
    ( 2022-01-04) Preti, João Paulo ; Souza, Adriano ; Lacerda, Tiago ; Freiberger, Evandro
    This paper presents the microservice environment of the Public Safety Secretariat of Mato Grosso (SESP-MT) which was conceived to allow a migration process from SESP-MT monoliths and to absorb new organizational agile requirements. Despite the hype of microservice oriented architecture, it's an architectural style, with some general principles and as the nature of distributed systems, it can be organized in many different ways. As a result of this research, supported by IFMT, FAPEMAT and SESP-MT, 22 containers with several tools and services were assembled, tested and deployed in the SESP-MT environment integrated with the DevOps pipeline. Therefore the contribution lies in the successful environment implementation that can help other organizations.
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