6th Workshop on Business and IT Alignment (BITA 2015)

Topics of interest | Submission guidelines | Important dates | Organizers and Chairs | Program Committee

A contemporary challenge for enterprises is to keep up with the pace of changing business demands imposed on them in different ways. There is today an obvious demand for continuous improvement and alignment in enterprises but unfortunately many organisations don’t have proper instruments (methods, patterns, best practices etc.) to achieve this. Enterprise modelling and business process management are two areas belonging to a tradition where the mission is to improve business practice and business and IT alignment. In this tradition the alignment process usually is manifested in taking a business from one state (AS-IS) into another improved state (TO-BE), i.e. a transformation of the business and its supporting IT into something that is regarded as better. A challenge in business and IT alignment is to move beyond a narrow focus on one tradition or technology. There is a need to aware of and able to deal with a number of dimensions of the enterprise architecture and their relations in order to create alignment. Examples of such dimensions are: organisational structures, strategies, business models, work practices, processes, and IS/IT structures. Among the concepts that deserve special attention in this context is IT governance. Effective IT governance aligns IT investments with overall business priorities, determines who makes the IT decisions and assigns accountability for the outcomes.

This workshop aims to bring together people who have strong interest in business and IT alignment. We would like to invite researchers and practitioners from both industry and academia to submit original results of their completed or ongoing projects. We encourage broad understanding of possible approaches and solutions for business and IT alignment, including IT governance subjects. Specific focus will be on practices of business and IT alignment, i.e. we encourage submission of case study and experience papers.

Topics of interest

  • Challenges in business and IT alignment
  • Business and IT alignment in small and medium sized enterprises
  • Business/ IT alignment through BPM
  • Business and IT alignment discovery, change and improvement – methodologies and best practices
  • Business value of business and IT alignment
  • Organisational implementations of various levels of business and IT alignment approaches
  • Metrics associated with the alignment life cycle, re-design, implementation, management and improvement
  • Best practice business and IT alignment case studies
  • The relationship between BPM and enterprise architecture
  • Critical success factors and associated KPIs´ for alignment initiatives
  • IT governance as a mean for alignment
  • Enterprise modelling as a tool for business and IT alignment
  • Human aspects of business and IT alignment; organizational staffing and structure, change management and leadership strategies
  • Design thinking in business and alignment
  • Practices of business and IT alignment
  • Experience reports and case studies

Submission guidelines

Papers must be submitted in PDF format according to Springer LNBIP template.

Submission system is available at EasyChair.

Proceedings of BITA 2015 workshop will be published by Springer as part of the BIS conference volume in Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series.

Papers shall not have more than twelve pages (including figures, tables and appendices). Longer papers will not be included in workshop proceedings. The proceedings will be printed after the conference. However, workshop papers will be made available in electronic form by the BIS organizers to all workshop participants (and only to them) directly after the conference.

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: Apr 12, 2015 (DEADLINE EXTENDED)
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: Apr 30, 2015
  • Submission of final papers: May 30, 2015
  • Workshop: Jun 24-26, 2015

Organizers and Chairs

  • Ulf Seigerroth, Jönköping University (chair)
  • Kurt Sandkuhl, Rostock University (co-chair)

Program Committee

  • Anders Adlemo
  • Steven De-Haes
  • Jānis Grabis
  • Julia Kaidaliva
  • Christina Keller
  • Marite Kirikova
  • Birger Lantow
  • Andreas L Opdahl
  • Anne Persson
  • Kalevi Pessi
  • Henderik Proper
  • Andrea Resmini
  • Kurt Sandkuhl
  • Ulf Seigerroth
  • Nikolay Shilov
  • Alexander Smirnov
  • Wioletta Sokolowska
  • He Tan
  • Vladimir Tarasov