Customization Change Impact Analysis for ERP Professionals via Program Slicing
The authors describe a new tool that automatically identifies impact of customization changes, i.e., how changes affect software behavior. As opposed to existing static analysis tools that aim at aiding programmers or improve performance, their tool is designed for end-users without prior knowledge in programming. They utilize state-of-the-art static analysis algorithms for the programs within an Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP). Key challenges in analyzing real world ERP programs are their significant size and the interdependency between programs.