Our vision:

Changeability characterises a system’s capability of rapid and efficient self-adjustment to changing requirements. In this process the need for changes is recognized and the alternative solution is generated by the system itself.

The foundation of the developed analysis procedures are domain specific catalogues of attributes and indicators, whose individual criterions are use case-related operationalized and weighted. Beyond enhancement and improvement of the existing methods, evaluation and design recommendations, the research activities also span the qualification of new changeability criteria and the development of appropriate assessment tools.

The major objective is to disseminate the ideas and concepts behind adaptability and to transfer them into further fields of application. For this purpose, the methodology of changeability will be enhanced by further context-specific and generic approaches. Each method is continuously refined by practical usage.

Our strength:

The research activities of the adaptability fractal focus the analysis and design of systems in the domains of information systems, processes and infrastructures.

Information systems

A reference architecture originally developed by the chair of business information systems within the scope of the FMER-funded joint research project CHANGE serves as the backbone of a procedure for analysing the changeability of information systems, which is continuously improved by application in practice. Basing on the examination of environmental turbulences the required changeability of a business information system can be checked against the actually given changeability in reality and appropriate actions for information system selection and design can be recommended.


In order to respond quickly and efficiently to varying customer requirements and basic conditions, the underlying business processes have to be changeable. As a first implementation in the context of the joint research project IOSE-W a procedure was developed, which aims at the changeable design of software engineering processes that are conducted in-house as well as distributed over several locations and companies. As a result of such an analysis, appropriate actions are recommended and project specific suggestions for the use of software engineering procedure models and development methods are created.


With the objective of efficient protection of the human population by changeable protection concepts and infrastructures researchers of the chair of business information systems collaborated with public authorities and action forces in the EU funded research project EUKRITIS. Within the project a procedure for analyzing the changeability of critical infrastructures and the interaction of authorities and organizations affected by a disaster was developed. Furthermore a method for disaster impact assessment was evaluated in practice.

Contact persons:
Edzard Weber

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