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

Call for Papers

August Yth, 2019
in Tallinn, Estonia
hosted by ESEC/FSE 2019.

The role of software-intensive 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.

International Workshop on Software-intensive Business aims to bridge the gap between software engineering and business. Used software engineering solutions, processes and methodologies should support as well as facilitate fast and agile business development. This workshop is expected to support the development of a research agenda for emerging area of software-intensive business, map challenges and best practices in the industry, and propose new avenues for research and practice.

The Second International Workshop on Software-intensive Business: Start-ups, Platforms and Ecosystems (IWSiB) seeks submissions describing novel research, experience reports, as well as emerging ideas. We are interested in studies describing original and unpublished results in the field of software-intensive business. The focus of the workshop is on new promising ideas and, therefore, also work-in-progress reports are welcomed to ignite discussion in the workshop.

The workshop is primarily a forum for presentation and discussion of new ideas and approaches, preliminary results, and new research questions. 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
  • Software engineering economics
  • Value-based software engineering
  • Organizational practices in software businesses
  • Observations of software industry and its trends
  • 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


Submission:                       June 1st, 2019
Notification:                      June 24th, 2019
Camera-ready:                  July 1st, 2019
The workshop:                  August Xth, 2019


There are thee paper categories: i) 6-page full papers; ii) 2–4 page short position papers and iii) 2-page poster and demo papers. We encourage submissions of contributions describing different stages of research, from position papers to full research reports. Furthermore, we welcome both research and industry papers.

Naturally, the submitted articles must be original and not submitted to or accepted by any other workshop, conference or journal. All accepted papers will be published in IEEE Xplore digital library.

Please prepare your manuscript by using ACM’s templates for conference proceedings.

Papers should be submitted in PDF format by using XXX (?).


  • Kari Smolander – Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland (
  • Paul Grünbacher – Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria (
  • Sami Hyrynsalmi – Tampere University of Technology, Finland (
  • Slinger Jansen – Utrecht University, the Netherlands (


  • Pekka Abrahamsson (University of Jyväskylä, FI)
  • Barry W. Boehm (TBC)
  • Rahul C. Basole (Georgia Institute of Technology — Atlanta, US)
  • Stefan Biffl (TBC)
  • Jan Bosch (Chalmers University of Technology — Göteborg, SE)
  • Sjaak Brinkkemper (Utrecht University, NL)
  • Christoph Bussler (Oracle Corporation, US)
  • Michael Cusumano (MIT — Camridge, US)
  • Hakan Erdogmus (TBC)
  • Jens Förderer (Universität Mannheim, DE)
  • Samuel A. Fricker (FH Nordwestschweiz — Windisch, CH)
  • Paul Grünbacher (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, AT)
  • Robert Heinrich (KIT — Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, DE)
  • Armin Heinzl (Universität Mannheim, DE)
  • Mika Helenius (TIVIA — Espoo, FI)
  • Georg Herzwurm (Universität Stuttgart, DE)
  • Helena Holmström Olsson (Malmö University, SE)
  • Sami Hyrynsalmi (Tampere University of Technology, FI)
  • Slinger Jansen (Utrecht University, NL)
  • Zhi Jin (Peking University, CN)
  • Hans-Bernd Kittlaus (Inno Tivum Consulting — Rheinbreitbach, DE)
  • Thomas Kude (ESSEC Business School — Cergy Pontoise, FR)
  • Alexander Mädche (KIT — Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, DE)
  • Tiziana Margaria (University of Limerick, IE)
  • Markku Oivo (TBC)
  • Efi Papatheocharous (RISE SICS — Stockholm, SE, SE)
  • Balasubramaniam Ramesh (Georgia State University — Atlanta, US)
  • Guenther Ruhe (University of Calgary, CA)
  • Kari Smolander (Aalto University, FI)
  • Diomidis Spinellis (Athens University of Economics and Business, GR)
  • Pasi Tyrväinen (University of Jyväskylä, FI)
  • Xiaofeng Wang (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, IT)
  • Karl Werder (Universität Duisburg — Essen, DE)
  • Krzysztof Wnuk (Blekinge Institute of Technology — Karlskrona, SE)