Workshop History

The software-intensive business community has emerged through different workshops that later unified within the International Workshop on Software-intensive Business. For example, the International Workshop on Software Ecosystems (IWSECO, 2009-2017) and the International Workshop on Software Startups (IWSS, 2015-2017), and others were created independently.

IWSiB workshop emerged at the Dagstuhl Seminar (held from April 29 to May 2, 2018) on “Software Business, Platforms, and Ecosystems: Fundamentals of Software Production Research”. About 30 researchers working in this area met to define the field of software-intensive business and to develop a research agenda to increase visibility and impact of software production research. As part of this process, the community decided to propose a regular workshop, ideally co-located with major software engineering conferences, to raise awareness and to continue the efforts. Since then, the workshop has became a leading avenue to entice young software business researchers into a wider software engineering community.

Past workshops

IWSiB 2021

Prof. Guenther Ruhe

The fourth IWSiB: Fueling a Software-driven Economy was hosted by XP 2021 conference and it was held as a one-day online workshop.

Professor Guenther Ruhe, from University of Calgary, delivered a keynote address on “The Return-of-Investment Perspective on Machine Learning in Software-Intensive Business”.


IWSiB 2020

The third IWSiB: Unleashing the business potential of software was hosted by XP 2020 conference and it was held as a one-day online workshop. Keynote presentations for the workshop were given by Professor Michael A. Cusumano, the Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and Dr. Christop Bussler, Solutions Architect at Google, Inc.

Professor Cusumano’s keynote presentation

Quantum Computing as the Next Software Applications Platform

Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman challenged the computing community to build a quantum computer almost 30 years ago. Now seems like a good time to review the business of quantum computing. How do quantum computers work? How to build quantum computers? What are the technical hurdles? What applications should quantum computers excel at? And who are leading the race of quantum computing? Considering the similarities of quantum computing development to the early years of conventional computing, this keynote provides answers to these intriguing questions, envisions quantum computing as the next software applications platform, and reveals the implications to Software Engineering research and practice.

Dr. Bussler’s keynote presentation

Advances in Public Cloud Technology as Foundation for Global Software-Intensive Businesses

Software-intensive businesses depend on software to implement their business model and business processes. Software can be deployed into public clouds on classic computing and storage infrastructure similar to that of private data centers. However, current technology advances in public clouds fundamentally change the abstractions of compute, storage and services like Machine Learning. The new computing abstractions change in significant ways the foundation of software architecture and the software development process. This presentation discusses and highlights the cloud technology advances of Google Cloud and how global software-intensive businesses confronted with an ever increasing competition can significantly benefit from the new abstractions.


IWSiB 2019

The second IWSiB was hosted by ESEC/FSE 2019 conference in Tallinn, Estonia.

Pekka Abrahamsson
Professor Pekka Abrahamsson

A keynote presentation for the workshop was given by Professor Pekka Abrahamsson, University of Jyväskylä.

Software-Intensive Business Research in Crisis: A Way Forward


IWSiB 2018

The first SiBW was held in Espoo (Greater Helsinki), Finland and the event was sponsored by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. The one-day workshop was organized as a pre-event for SLUSH, the World’s leading startup event.