Robotic systems are complex, software intensive and heterogeneous composite systems. Software systems engineering and system
integration is still a major challenge in robotics. We describe how component based software engineering (CBSE), model-driven software development (MDSD) and
domain-specific languages (DSLs) for variability management complement each other in addressing the robotics software challenge. We outline how these approaches
pave the way towards a software business ecosystem in robotics. We put a focus onto challenges still being considered as open and worth being addressed next.
it - Information Technology is a strictly peer-reviewed scientific journal. It is the oldest German journal in the field of information technology. Today, the major aim of it - Information Technology is highlighting issues on ongoing newsworthy areas in information technology and informatics and their application. It aims at presenting the topics with a holistic view.