Feature Interactions in Web Services
School of Computer Science, Carleton University
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, Canada
Abstract. Web services promise to allow businesses to adapt rapidly
to changes in the business environment, and the needs of different customers.
However, the rapid introduction of new services paired with the dynamicity
of the business environment also leads to undesirable interactions that negatively
impact service quality and user satisfaction. Whereas most current work on
web services has focused on low-level standards for publishing, discovering,
and invoking services, our research looks at the problems that can arise from
service integration, and how to manage them. In this paper we argue that
service integration issues can be understood as feature interactions, and
identify an initial set of feature interactions between web services. We
also highlight the importance of considering the non-functional requirements
of services (such as privacy or security) for understanding feature interactions
between web services.