4thInternational Conference on Software Business ICSOB 2013

The 4th International Conference on Software Business will be held on June 11-14, 2013 at the University of Potsdam. ICSOB 2013 addresses researchers and practitioners, who are concerned with software business in different ways as well as the start-up community, which is increasingly focusing on mobile and social software.

Theme: From Physical Products to Software

Services and Solutions Advancements in the software industry have had a substantial impact not only on productivity and on GDP growth globally, but also on our daily work and live. Moreover there is a noticeable spillover within other industries (e.g. manufacturing) enabling new business models: companies bundle their physical products and software services into solutions (e.g. using subscription models) and start to sell independent software products in addition to physical products. Software business refers to commercial activities in and around the software industry, aimed at generating income from the delivery of software products and software services. Although the software business shares common features with other international knowledge-intensive businesses, it carries many inherent features making it a challenging domain for research. In particular software companies have to depend on one another to deliver a unique value proposition to their customers. Moreover recent developments like the emerging app economy offer a variety of opportunities for entrepreneurs or start-up companies.

Call for Papers

You are invited to submit papers addressing contemporary issues emerging at the intersection of the software and business domains, broadly defined. Both papers reporting research results and industrial experiences are welcome. Invited are original submissions on the topics listed below, including but not limited to:

Special sessions this year:

  • Entrepreneurship and startup companies
  • Productization, Servification, and Servitization
  • Software in the Healthcare domain

And regular themes of the conference series:

  • Software Platforms and Ecosystems
  • Corporate networks between software companies / Software Supply Networks
  • Business impacts of Cloud Computing
  • Software Product Management
  • Software business in the future
  • Licensing, Intellectual Property and Patent Issues (IP modularity)
  • Business models for software startups and existing software companies
  • App Economy
  • Impact of Megatrends towards software business (e.g. Customization)