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IWSIB 2019 : International Workshop on Software-intensive Business 2019: Start-ups, Ecosystems and Platforms


When Aug 26, 2019 - Aug 26, 2019
Where Tallinn, Estonia
Submission Deadline Jun 6, 2019
Notification Due Jun 24, 2019
Final Version Due Jul 1, 2019
Categories    software business   software-intensive business   software platform   software ecosystem

Call For Papers


2nd International Workshop on Software-intensive Business:
Start-ups, Platforms and Ecosystems (IWSiB)

Hosted by ESEC/FSE 2019 (

Monday August 26, 2019 - Tallinn, Estonia

The role of software-intensive business solutions is still, after decades, ever-growing in our society. There is hardly a field or an industrial domain where software-intensive solutions have not revolutionized the business. Furthermore, due to the emergence of the platform economy, the role of software solutions and boundary resources, such as the quality of APIs, is rising. In this context software producing organizations face the challenges of changing demands, rapidly evolving technology, and a dynamic ecosystem in which their products and services need to operate. Organizations need to rethink their operating models and benefit from current and future trends.

The challenge to make these organizations successful is multi-disciplinary. First, there exist software engineering and technology challenges, such as eliciting and prioritizing requirements, dealing with platforms and technology standards, and operating in complex technology landscapes that constrain and enable their technology. Secondly, there exist adoption challenges: organizations need to find ways to convince their target users to adopt their technologies and to coordinate evolving technologies to provide the most valuable end-user experience. Thirdly, there exist business model challenges, where these organizations must find ways to maximize profit from their innovations and technologies. Because of the pervasiveness of software, the challenges are observed everywhere in the economy, whether it is logistics, online marketing, or e-health. Furthermore, they are applicable to organizations in every stage of development, whether it is a software startup or a software giant that has influenced the market consistently for decades.

The International Workshop on Software-Intensive Business: Start-ups, Platforms and Ecosystems (IWSiB) aims to bridge the current gap between software engineering and business. Software engineering methods, processes and tools should support and facilitate fast and agile business development. The goals of this workshop are to provide a venue for members of the software engineering and business research communities to discuss issues relevant of common interest and provide a venue for sharing early work and work-in-progress to obtain feedback from the wider community.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited, to the following aspects of software-intensive business:

- Software ecosystem and platform architectures, evolution and lifecycle
- Ecosystem and platform orchestration and governance API economy solutions and challenges
- Software development practices in software startups
- Business-oriented software development practices
- Business practices in software development
- Software product management
- Business aspects of continuous, agile and lean development
- Software engineering economics
- Value-based software engineering
- Organizational practices in software businesses
- Observations of software industry and its trends
- Interweaving product and business development
- Impact of new technological and business model trends on software-intensive businesses
- Industrial experience reports on challenges and best practices that connect software engineering and business

The workshop seeks submissions describing novel research, experience reports, as well as emerging ideas and new research questions. The focus of the workshop is on new promising ideas and, therefore, also preliminary results and work-in-progress reports are welcome to ignite discussion.

We want to encourage submissions of contributions describing different stages of research, from position papers to full research reports. We invite two paper categories:

- Full papers (maximum 6 pages, ACM style)
- Position, poster and demo papers (2-4 pages)

Papers will be evaluated based on their originality, relevance to the workshop, and potential for discussion. Three members from the international program committee will review each submission.

Important dates:

Submission: EXTENDED: June 6, 2019 (AoE)
Notification of acceptance: June 24, 2019
Camera-ready: July 1, 2019


Proceedings of IWSiB 2019 are made available in the ACM Digital Library.

Instructions for formatting and publication policies can be found from ESEC/FSE pages:

We strongly support submitting a new and extended version of an accepted paper to ICSOB 2019 (see ).

Workshop organizers

Kari Smolander, LUT University, Finland,
Paul Grünbacher, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria,
Sami Hyrynsalmi, Tampere University, Finland,
Slinger Jansen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands,

Program committee

Rahul Basole, Accenture
Jan Bosch, Chalmers University of Technology
Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University
Christoph Bussler, Google
Michael Cusumano, MIT Sloan School of Management
Daniela Damian, University of Victoria, Canada
Samuel A. Fricker, Blekinge Institute of Technology
Jens Förderer, University Mannheim
Robert Heinrich, Karlsruher Institute of Technology
Georg Herzwurm, University of Stuttgart
Helena Holmström Olsson, University of Malmo
Zhi Jin, Peking University
Hans-Bernd Kittlaus, InnoTivum Consulting
Tiziana Margaria, Lero, Ireland
Juergen Muench, Reutlingen University
Alexander Mädche, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Alexander Nolte, University of Tartu
Efi Papatheocharous, RISE SICS, Sweden
Bala Ramesh, Georgia State University
Guenther Ruhe, University of Calgary
Diomidis Spinellis, Athens University of Economics and Business
Pasi Tyrväinen, University of Jyväskylä
Xiaofeng Wang, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Karl Werder, University of Cologne
Krzysztof Wnuk, Blekinge Institute of Technology

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