This volume contains the proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering (ENASE) held in Wroclaw, Poland, sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) and co-organized by the Wroclaw University of Economics (WUE). The proceedings in this volume have been published by INSTICC in time for the staging of the conference. Moreover, starting from ENASE’2007, modified and extended versions of ENASE full papers are published as post-proceedings by Springer in Revised Selected Papers Series. The previous six ENASE conferences took place in Erfurt, Germany (2006), Barcelona, Spain (2007), Madeira, Portugal (2008), Milan, Italy (2009), Athens, Greece (2010), and Beijing, China (2011). Three out of six past ENASE conferences were co-located with the International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS) and this trend is set to continue – the two conferences are
going to be staged together again in 2013 in Angers, France. There is a well-focused research community around the ENASE conferences. The mission of ENASE is to be a prime international forum to discuss and publish research findings and IT industry experiences with relation to evaluation of novel approaches to software engineering. By comparing novel approaches with established traditional practices and by evaluating them against software quality criteria, the ENASE conferences advance knowledge and research in software engineering, identify most hopeful trends and propose new directions for consideration by researchers and practitioners involved in large-scale software development and integration. Overall, for the 7th ENASE in Wroclaw we received 54 papers from 27 countries, of which 11 papers were accepted for publication and presentation as full papers. The papers were submitted for blind reviews to 82 renowned ENASE’2012 Program Committee members who registered in the ENASE conference system. The reviewing process was smoothly carried out by the great majority of the PC members. With multiple reviews for each paper, the final decision of acceptance/rejection was taken by the PC Chair Leszek Maciaszek. A few borderline papers were subjected to extra considerations and discussions before decisions were reached. Statistically speaking, the ENASE’2012 acceptance ratio for full papers is 20.4% (based on 54 submissions), but considering that 9 papers were formally submitted in the category of “position” (rather than “regular”) papers more truthful ratio for full papers is 24% (based on 45 submissions). This acceptance rate confirms the ENASE trend and the ENASE organizers’ desire to ensure high quality of the conferences (all seven ENASE conferences had the acceptance rate above 30%). At the conference, full papers (max. length of 10 pages) are presented in 30 minute sessions. ENASE’2012 accepted also 12 short papers (max. 6 pages) for 20 minute presentations and 5 poster papers for display and discussions between the authors and the conference participants. As a separate satellite event, ENASE’2012 hosts also the Special Session on Model-Driven Architecture and Modeling-Driven Software Development - MDA&MDSD’2012. Additionally the ENASE’2012 delegates have the benefit of participating in joint plenary sessions with ICEIS’2012 that includes keynote and panel presentations. The prominent list of keynotes consists of professors: - Schahram Dustdar, Vienna University of Technology, Austria - Dimitris Karagiannis, University of Vienna, Austria - Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany - Pericles Loucopoulos, Loughborough University, United Kingdom - Yannis Manolopoulos, Aristotle University, Greece We thank the authors and PC members for delivering, on both ends of the submissions/reviews spectrum, a great scientific content to the conference and to the proceedings. We thank the invited keynote and panel speakers. We thank the organizers and speakers of the special MDA&MDSD’2012 event. The organization of this conference required a dedicated and coordinated effort of many people over an extended period of time. On the INSTICC side the main coordination was provided by Helder Coelhas and locally in Wroclaw by Artur Rot, who was supported by a considerable number of staff members and students of the Institute of Business Informatics at WUE, in particular Wieslawa Gryncewicz and Radoslaw Rudek. We are confident that ENASE’2012 will be a great experience and we wish all delegates an exciting memorable time spent in Wroclaw - the city that has gained the titles of ‘the Meeting Place of Poland’ and ‘Venice of Poland’, the co-host of Euro 2012 - European Football Championships, the 2016 European Capital of Culture (jointly with San Sebastian in Spain), with over a thousand years of history, the city where as many as 10 Nobel Prize winners lived, and which provides education to as many as 120 thousand students enrolled in the city's universities.
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