The International Workshop on Software-intensive Business 2020 (IWSiB2020) bridges the gap between software engineering and software business research. The one-day workshop is hosted by XP 2020 and it will be organized as a full-online workshop.

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Call for papers

Call for Papers

June 8th 2020
in Copenhagen, Denmark

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. The International Workshop on Software-intensive Business: Unleashing the business potential of Software (IWSiB) brings together communities working on software-intensive business research and bridges the gap between software engineering and business research. The workshop supports the development of a research agenda for the emerging area of software-intensive business, maps challenges and best practices in the industry, and proposes new avenues for business-oriented software engineering research and practice.


There are two paper categories: i) 7-page full papers; and ii) 4 page short position papers and industrial experience reports. We encourage submissions of contributions describing different stages of research, from position papers to full research reports. We welcome both research and industry papers.

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 We are interested in studies describing original and unpublished results in the field of software-intensive business.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 work-in-progress reports are welcome to ignite discussion in the workshop.

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

  • 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
  • Interweaving product and business development
  • 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 models of software startups
  • 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


We encourage submissions of contributions describing different stages of research, from position papers to full research reports. We welcome both research and industry papers.

There are two paper categories:

  • Full research workshop papers (maximum 7 pages); and
  • Short research workshop position papers or industrial experience reports (4 pages)

Both types of papers will be published in the post-conference proceedings, which will be archived by Springer (open access). All submissions must conform to the LNBIP formatting; please, see Springer’s instructions for authors. Papers must be submitted electronically via EasyChair.

Submit your paper in Please, remember to select ”XP2020 Research WS – The 3rd International Workshop on Software-intensive Business” as the track for yous paper.

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.



SubmissionMarch 17th, 2020 (AoE)
May 1st, 2020 (AoE)
NotificationApril 17th, 2020
June 3rd, 2020
WorkshopJune 8th, 2020
Camera-readyJuly 7th, 2020

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Program Committee

  • Ville Alkkiomäki, F-Secure Corporation
  • Stefan Biffl, Vienna University of Technology
  • Jan Bosch, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University
  • Christoph Bussler, Google
  • Christoph Elsner, Siemens AG
  • Robert Heinrich, Karlsruher Institute of Technology
  • Georg Herzwurm, University of Stuttgart
  • Helena Holmström Olsson, University of Malmo
  • Slinger Jansen, Utrecht University
  • Hans-Bernd Kittlaus, InnoTivum Consulting
  • Andrey Maglyas, Maglyas Consulting
  • Juergen Muench, Reutlingen University
  • Alexander Mädche, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Anh Nguyen Duc, University College of Southeast Norway
  • Alexander Nolte, University of Tartu
  • Rafael Prikladnicki, PUCRS
  • Jurka Rahikkala, Vaadin Ltd
  • Bala Ramesh, Georgia State University
  • Guenther Ruhe, University of Calgary
  • Pasi Tyrväinen, University of Jyväskylä
  • Karl Werder, University of Cologne
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The XP 2020 conference will be organized in the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU), which is Denmark’s leading university focusing on IT research and education.

ITU is located in the center of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, and with a short reach to the Copenhagen International Airport (10 min by car, 25 min by public transportation).

The photographs used in this page are courtesy of the respective photographers and Copenhagen Media Center.