Assessing the Cost and Effectiveness of Reusing, or Adopting, Existing Assets

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Executive Summary

For several reasons, businesses naturally want to reuse code or software artifacts. Reuse can save development time and money, lower risks, and provide better quality control. It can be difficult, however, to know how to reuse code or software (such as design artifacts or delivery accelerators). In general, the paper defines reusable software pieces as assets. Sometimes the cost of reuse is too high compared to the reuse benefits. In this paper, learn about a layered model that helps one evaluate the effectiveness of reusing, or adopting, assets.

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