The CAISE Conference is celebrating its 20th birthday! After these 20 years, Information Systems (IS) now support and underlie most, if not all, of our human activities. Considering the major economic and social development challenges now at stake, it is time to enter into the era of Sustainable Information Systems (SIS). As our world of interdependent activities and information technology continues to undergo profound changes and transformations, it is fundamental to maintain an adequate balance between activities and systems, and to promote their evolution in the context of sustainability.
Scope: CAiSE´08 aims to bring together practitioners and researchers in the field of information systems engineering. CAiSEé08 invites submissions on the development, evolution, requirements and usage of information systems. This year´s special theme is "Sustainable Information Systems" (SIS) which are information systems with built-in support to handle evolution. Information systems are growing rapidly in scale and complexity. At the same time, information system evolution is a fact of life in todays organizations. Furthermore, nomadism and mobile communication lead to a process of continuous change of services provided by information systems. SIS should continuously simplify adequacy between system and enterprise requirements as well as assimilation of new supporting technologies. In addition, approaches for SIS should reduce the failure rate in IS development and allow for the definition of quality & maturity of IS development. An SIS must meet the needs of the present without compromising its ability to meet future requirements related to its context of use, and, consequently, must enable and facilitate innovative policies and practices at the activity level.