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Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design

July 6-8, 2015, in Milan, Italy

Editor: Boris Shishkov

ISBN: 978-989-758-111-3

Conference Link: http://www.is-bmsd.org

Foreword: Using business / enterprise models as a basis for software generation is receiving much attention and that particular role of business models is three-fold: (a) reaching an adequate integration of the software system in its enterprise (real-life) context; (b) achieving an enterprise-software traceability; (c) possibly identifying re-usable business modeling constructs and relating them to corresponding software components. Hence, we argue that an information system can only be adequate if properly restricted by a business model, since this justifies the link to the real-life context. A business model in turn is not only about the business processes and their management but also about the ways value is created, delivered, and captured. That all brings together technical disciplines (such as informatics), economic disciplines (such as management), and social disciplines (such as psychology) – those are brought together in the challenge of adequately delivering (complex) technology-enabled services to real-life customers. Thus, developing ADAPTABLE INFORMATION SYSTEMS is considered important because of the constantly changing real-life environment to which (as explained above) the information system should conform. “Towards Adaptable Information Systems” is the theme of BMSD 2015 – the Fifth International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design, and the scientific areas of interest to the symposium are: (a) business models and requirements; (b) business models and services; (c) business models and software; (d) information systems architectures. Further, there are two application-oriented special sessions, namely: a special session on IT Solutions for Healthcare and a special session on Intelligent Applications of InterCriteria Decision Making Analysis. Those special sessions are bringing additional practice-driven value to the symposium. In considering the above-mentioned areas, it is important to stress the interdisciplinary drive of BMSD - business modeling and software design. We consider business models from the perspective of their restricting software specification and we consider software design as (ideally) stemming from underlying business models. Business models are not only about reflecting entities, processes, and rules at enterprise level but also about capturing human feelings, beliefs, intentions, and commitments. As for software specifications, they are based on algorithms and measurable inputs, and assume technical complexity. Hence, reflecting business models in software specifications is not trivial: (i) a number of real-life human issues are to restrict the software (otherwise it would not fit its real-life context); (ii) at the same time, in developing software, one would inevitably get technically restricted by the platforms and technologies chosen to be used. How to balance between (i) and (ii) has been widely researched during the past 15 years but we still miss a definitive and widely accepted approach on that. Model-driven engineering (through its MDA "realization") is not a solution because it assumes as "starting point" a computation-independent model of the software system-to-be but real-life human aspects (as discussed above) are not captured. Service-oriented computing is not giving the answer too even though it "justifies" the challenge on balancing between (i) and (ii), by letting users compose services at high level (not being aware of the underlying technical complexity) while the services themselves are being realized by implemented software components - it is obviously impossible to guarantee that all the user demands (as real-life effect from using the service(s)) would be exhaustively delivered by a service(s) whose underlying software components have already been implemented with no idea of these particular user demands. The “best” we can see is that IT systems and services appear to be "thinking" of what the user should need and offering RESTRICTED solutions to which the user is "forced" to adapt. But that is NOT a provisioning of adaptable information systems. On the contrary - it a provisioning of information systems asking the user to adapt. Those are only some discussion points relevant to the enterprise engineering area and its relation to information systems development, being dominant for the researchers and practitioners that BMSD brings together, demonstrating for a fifth consecutive year a high quality of papers and presentations as well as a stimulating discussion environment. This book contains the proceedings of BMSD 2015, held in Milan, Italy, on 6-8 July 2015. The proceedings consists of 36 high-quality research and experience papers that have not been published previously. Those papers have undergone a detailed peer-review process and were selected based on rigorous quality standards. BMSD 2015 was organized and sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Institute for Collaboration and Research on Enterprise Systems and Technology (IICREST), being co-organized by Politecnico di Milano and technically co-sponsored by BPM-D. Cooperating organizations were Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), the UTwente Center for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT), the BAS Institute of Mathematics and Informatics (IMI), the Dutch Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems (SIKS), and AMAKOTA Ltd. Since 2011, we have enjoyed four successful BMSD editions, namely: Sofia 2011, Geneva 2012, Noordwijkerhout 2013, and Luxembourg 2014. The Milan 2015 edition is the fifth one and we are proud to have succeeded in establishing and maintaining high scientific quality and stimulating collaborative atmosphere. Our community is of high competence and also inspired to share ideas and experience. In addressing the above-mentioned challenges and in line with the BMSD areas, BMSD 2015 is addressing a large number of research topics: from more conceptual ones, such as business process management & change management, data capturing and analysis & context modeling, enterprise modeling & meta-modeling & model transformations & model variants, (domain-specific) modeling languages, value modeling, capability-affordance modeling, and scheduling algorithms & recommendation algorithms, to more technical ones, such as software specification, service cloud applications & service-level agreements, information security & security certification, semantic web technologies, technical debt, and discrete event simulation, from more business-oriented ones, such as business model design, business modeling ontologies, requirements specification, and business-IT alignment + business strategies for emerging technologies, to topics related to (distributed) software systems and architectures. We are impressed by those research contributions touching upon challenging (technical) problems and also presenting solutions and ideas of high innovative potential. BMSD 2015 received 57 paper submissions from which 36 papers were selected (including several invited papers) for publication in the current proceedings. 14 of those papers were selected for a 30-minute oral presentation (full papers), leading to a full-paper acceptance ratio of 24% (compared to 23% in 2014). In addition: 20 papers were selected for a 20-minute oral presentation (short papers and special sessions papers); 2 papers were selected for a poster presentation. The above-mentioned full-paper acceptance ratio shows a high BMSD quality which we intend to maintain and reinforce in the following editions of the symposium. Further, the BMSD’15 authors are from: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Egypt, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, UK, and USA (listed alphabetically); that makes a total of 21 countries (compared to 21 in 2014, 14 in 2013, 11 in 2012, and 10 in 2011) to justify a strong international presence. Finally, 6 countries have been represented at all 5 BMSD editions so far – those are: Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and UK, to indicate a strong European influence. Publisher of the current proceedings is SCITEPRESS. Besides printed proceedings we also deliver an electronic version – all presented papers will be made available on the SCITEPRESS Digital Library by September, 2015. Furthermore, the proceedings will be submitted to DBLP (Computer Science Bibliography) for indexation. Finally, the authors of around ten selected papers presented at BMSD 2015 will be invited by Springer-Verlag to submit revised and extended versions of their papers for publication in a Springer LNBIP (Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing) Series book. The high quality of the BMSD 2015 program is enhanced by two keynote lectures, delivered by distinguished guests who are renowned experts in their fields: Barbara Pernici (Politecnico di Milano) and Marijn Janssen (Delft University of Technology). The keynote speakers and some other BMSD’15 participants will take part in a panel discussion and also in other discussions stimulating community building and facilitating possible R&D project acquisition initiatives. Those special activities will definitely contribute to maintaining the event’s high quality and inspiring our steady and motivated community. Organizing this interesting and successful symposium required the dedicated efforts of many people. Firstly, we must thank the authors, whose research and development achievements are recorded here. Next, the program committee members each deserve credit for the diligent and rigorous peer-reviewing. Further, we would like to mention the excellent organization provided by the IICREST team (supported by its logistics partner, AMAKOTA Ltd.) – the team did all the necessary work for delivering a stimulating and productive event, and we have to acknowledge also the support of Dimitris Mitrakos and Diana Vesselinova. We appreciate the cooperation of our colleagues from Politecnico di Milano. We are grateful to SCITEPRESS for their willingness to publish the current proceedings and we bring forward special compliments to Vitor Pedrosa for his professional work and brilliant collaboration with regard to the proceedings preparation. Last but not least, we thank the keynote speakers for their invaluable contribution and for taking the time to synthesize and deliver their talks. We wish you all an inspiring symposium and an enjoyable stay in the beautiful city of Milan. We look forward to seeing you next year in Rhodes, Greece, for the Sixth International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design (BMSD 2016), details of which will be made available on http://www.is-bmsd.org. I dedicate my work on leading BMSD 2015 to the memory of my father, Blagovest. (More)


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