Service-level agreements for electronic services

Skene, James, Raimondi, Franco ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9508-7713 and Emmerich, Wolfgang (2010) Service-level agreements for electronic services. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 36 (2) . pp. 288-304. ISSN 0098-5589 [Article] (doi:10.1109/TSE.2009.55)

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Abstract

The potential of communication networks and middleware to enable the composition of services across organizational boundaries remains incompletely realized. In this paper, we argue that this is in part due to outsourcing risks and describe the possible contribution of Service-Level Agreements (SLAs) to mitigating these risks. For SLAs to be effective, it should be difficult to disregard their original provisions in the event of a dispute between the parties. Properties of understandability, precision, and monitorability ensure that the original intent of an SLA can be recovered and compared to trustworthy accounts of service behavior to resolve disputes fairly and without ambiguity. We describe the design and evaluation of a domain-specific language for SLAs that tend to exhibit these properties and discuss the impact of monitorability requirements on service-provision practices.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Foundations of Computing group
A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > SensoLab group
A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence group
A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Intelligent Environments group
ISI Impact: 4
Item ID: 5276
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Depositing User: Franco Raimondi
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2010 15:24
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2021 15:06
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/5276

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