• Conference Date
  • 14-17 June 2021
  • Hannover, Germany

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 organizations don’t have proper instruments (methods, tools, patterns, best practices etc.) to achieve this. Enterprise modeling, enterprise architecture, and business process management are three areas belonging to traditions where the mission is to improve business practice and business and IT alignment (BITA). BITA is many times manifested through the transition of taking an enterprise from one state (AS-IS) into another improved state (TO-BE), i.e. a transformation of the enterprise and it’s supporting IT into something that is regarded as better. Recent development within digitalization and digital transformation has brought new dimensions to BITA where BITA becomes an important part of smart business ecosystems. A continuous challenge with BITA is to move beyond a narrow focus on one tradition or technology. There is a need to be able to deal with multi-dimensions of the enterprise in order to create alignment between business and IT. Examples of such dimensions are organizational structures, strategies, architectures, business models, work practices, processes, and IS/IT structures. IT governance is also a dimension that traditionally has had a strong impact on BITA. There are ordinarily three governance mechanisms that an enterprise needs to have in place, 1) decision-making structures, 2) alignment process, and 3) formal communications.

This workshop aims to bring together people who have an interest in BITA. We invite researchers and practitioners from both industry and academia to submit original results of their completed or ongoing projects. We encourage to a broad understanding of possible approaches and solutions for BITA. Specific focus is on practices of business and IT alignment, i.e. we have encouraged submission of case study and experiences papers.

Short URL: BITA.BISconf.rg


Topics of interest

The following topics are of relevance for the workshop:

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

Submission guidelines

  • Long papers: max. 12 pages
  • Work-in-progress reports: max. 6 pages

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

Submission system is available at EasyChair.

Papers approved for presentation at BITA 2021 will be published in BIS 2021 workshop post-conference proceedings, as a volume in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series. BIS 2021 Workshops proceedings will be distributed to workshop participants by regular mail.

Workshop papers will be made available in electronic form by the BIS organizers to all workshop participants (and only to them) directly before the conference.

Each paper submitted to BIS workshop will be reviewed by at least three referees. At least one author of each paper needs to register for the conference for the paper to be included in proceedings. Workshop registration entitles to participate in the conference, as well as in all workshops and tutorials held in conjunction with it.

Important dates

  • April 23, 2021 – submission deadline for papers
  • May 30, 2021 – notification of acceptance/rejection
  • June 6, 2021 – submission of final papers
  • June 14, 2021 – the workshop

Organizers and Chairs

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

Program Committee

  • Dominic Bork, University of Vienna
  • Michael Fellmann, University of Rostock
  • Hans-Georg Fill, University of Fribourg
  • Jānis Grabis, Riga Technical University
  • Stijn Hoppenbrouwers, HAN University of Applied Sciences
  • Björn Johansson, Lund University
  • Christina Keller, Lund University
  • Marite Kirikova, Riga Technical University
  • Hasan Koç, Universität Rostock
  • John Krogstie, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Birger Lantow, University of Rostock
  • Michael Leyer, University of Rostock
  • Andreas L Opdahl, University of Bergen
  • Anne Persson, University of Skövde
  • Gert Poels, Ghent University
  • Erik Proper, Public Research Centre Henri Tudor
  • Nikolay Shilov, SPIIRAS
  • Monique Snoeck, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Alexander Smirnov, SPIIRAS
  • Janis Stirna, Stockholm University
  • Vladimir Tarasov, Jönkoping University