The International Workshop on Software-intensive Business 2021 (IWSiB2021) – Fueling a Software-driven Economy bridges the gap between software engineering and software business research. The one-day workshop is hosted by XP 2021 and it will be organized as a full-online workshop.

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Keynote presentation for the workshop will be given by Professor Guenther Ruhe from University of Calgary. The topic of his presentation is:

The Return-of-Investment Perspective on Machine Learning in Software-Intensive Business

Machine Learning (ML) is widely used for different purposes of Software Engineering. ML has the potential to improve efficiency and effectiveness. However, ML is not a silver bullet but needs proper problem and solution approach adjustment. To make proper decisions on that (how much is enough?), we apply the perspective of Return-on-Investment (ROI). We model ROI analysis of ML in general and instantiate the process in the context of software requirements dependency extraction. For OSS data sets, we analyze decision-making on requirements dependency extraction when (i) exclusively based on accuracy with (ii) doing ROI analysis. As a result, we propose recommendations for the context and degree of usage of ML.

Prof. gUENTHER Ruhe

Prof. Guenther Ruhe

Guenther holds an Industrial Research Chair in Software Engineering at The University of Calgary. This is a joint position between the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Electrical and Software Engineering. He won various awards, such as the Alberta iCORE (Informatics Center of Research Excellence) award, an IBM research award, and a Microsoft Research Software Engineering Innovation award 2012. Ruhe was in chairing positions for various conferences such as ESEM, RE, SEKE, and SSBSE. Since 2016, he serves as the Editor in Chief of the Information and Software Technology journal, published by Elsevier. His main research interests are in the areas of Product Release Planning, Software Project Management, Decision Support, Open Innovation, Data Analytics, Empirical Software Engineering, as well as Search-based Software Engineering. He is a Senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM. Dr. Ruhe is the Founder and CEO of Expert Decisions Inc., a University of Calgary spin-off company created in 2003.

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Call for papers

June 14th, 2021
in Online

The global pandemic has shown, thanks to advanced software technologies, society and businesses were able to quickly respond to environmental disruptions. Demands in software-based service offerings facilitating remote work drastically increased. For example, the revenue for a Check Point, a company specializing on VPN solutions, increased by 4% in 2020 (Cohen, 2020). The revenue of Zoom, a video conferencing solution, even jumped by 30% in 2020 (Malara & Nellis, 2020). Consequently, software producing organizations face increasing demands and evolving requirements from businesses that seek innovative solutions for new realities that are enforced by physical distancing guidelines. The International Workshop on Software-intensive Business: Fueling a Software-driven Economy (IWSiB) brings together communities working on software-intensive business research and bridges the gap between software engineering and business research. The workshop provides a forum for academics and practitioners alike to shape a research agenda, identify contemporary challenges and best practices, and explore new avenues for research and practice at the intersection of both disciplines, business and software engineering.

Topics of Interest

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 to have vivid and energizing discussions. Hence, we welcome very much new promising ideas and work-in-progress reports.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited, to the following aspects of software-intensive business (cf. Abrahammson et al, 2018; Jansen, 2019):

  • Software product management (e.g., strategy, planning, pricing);
  • Software ecosystem (e.g., engineering ecosystems, analysis of ecosystem data, modeling of ecosystem structure and behavior, management of developer ecosystems and platforms);
  • Continuous practices (e.g., experimentation, innovation, improvement);
  • Agile & lean projects & portfolio (e.g., methods & practices, management and organizing, behavioral and cognitive factors);
  • Organizational management (e.g., managing technical and social debt, integrating product and business development, managing human-AI symbiosis);
  • Software startups (e.g., scaling, privoting, funding, business models);
  • Software platform (e.g., orchestration, governance, architecture, evolution and lifecycle);
  • Software engineering economics (e.g., in engineering of software or in the software industry); and
  • Emerging trends and research areas (e.g., implications of COVID-19 to the software industry, AI ethics, digital twins, etc).


We encourage submissions of contributions describing different stages of research, from position papers to full research reports. We welcome both research and industry papers. The workshop proceedings will be published in a separate volume of the XP proceedings, which will be prepared to be archived by Springer (open access).

All submissions must conform to the LNBIP formatting and submission instructions. Authors should consult Springer’s author guidelines and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or for Word, for the preparation of their papers. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form.

The paper length should not exceed 8 pages.

  • There is no limit on the number of submissions an author may submit, but authors are advised to focus on quality rather than on quantity.
  • By submitting to the IWSiB workshop, authors acknowledge that they are aware of and agree that papers submitted to IWSiB workshop must not have been published elsewhere and must not be under review or submitted for review elsewhere while under consideration for IWSiB workshop.
  • Papers must be submitted electronically via EasyChair by the defined deadline (see below):


Submissions will be first screened on rigor and relevance and then evaluated by at least three members of the program committee based on soundness, significance, novelty, verifiability, and presentation quality.



SubmissionApril 23rdApril 30th, 2021 (AoE)
NotificationMay 21st, 2021
WorkshopJune 14th
Camera-readyTBA (post-conference date)

UPDATE (April 23rd): The deadline of submissions has been extended by one week.

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Programme Committee

Pekka Abrahamsson, University of Jyväskylä
Ville Alkkiomäki, F-Secure Corporation
Jan Bosch, Chalmers University of Technology
Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University
Christoph Bussler, Google
Daniela Damian, University of Victoria
Henry Edison, Southern Denmark University
Christoph Elsner, Siemens AG
Paul Grünbacher, Johannes Kepler University Linz
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
Eriks Klotins, Blekinge Institute of Tecnology
Thomas Kude, ESSEC Business School
Andrey Maglyas, Lappeenranta University of Technology
Tommi Mikkonen, University of Helsinki
Juergen Muench, Reutlingen University
Alexander Mädche, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Anh Nguyen Duc, University college of Southeast Norway
Efi Papatheocharous, RISE SICS
Rafael Prikladnicki, PUCRS
Bala Ramesh, Georgia State University
Guenther Ruhe, University of Calgary
Rodrigo Santos, UNIRIO
Maximilian Schreieck, Technical University of Munich
Marko Seppänen, Tampere University
Kari Smolander, Lappeenranta University of Technology
Pasi Tyrväinen, University of Jyväskylä
Michael Unterkalmsteiner, Blekinge Institute of Technology

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