ICSOB 2016


International Conference on Software Business, Ljubljana, 13-14 Jun 2016; Deadline 5 Feb

The 7th International Conference on Software Business will be held on June 13-14, 2016 at Ljubljana, Slovenia co-located with the 28th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE). The ICSOB 2016 addresses researchers and practitioners, who are involved in software business in different ways including large organizations and startups with focus on different types of software products and services.

Conference Theme: Software as a new way of providing cutting-edge solutions

Advancements in the software industry have had a substantial impact on productivity and GDP growth globally. There is a noticeable spillover within other industries (e.g. manufacturing) enabling new business models. Software business refers to commercial activities in and around the software industry aimed at generating income from the delivery of software products and services.

Although the business of software shares common features with other international knowledge-intensive businesses, it carries many inherent features. It is making it a challenging domain for research. The examples of many successful companies show that software provides unique benefit to its users. Moreover, software has spread all over the world and has permeated in many industries, which are not usual for software. In particular, software companies have to depend on one another to deliver a unique value proposition to their customers or a unique experience to their users.

Cross-functional use of software is a challenge for industry and academia, studying not only use of software but also software business, software production, and other surrounding themes. This year the conference intends to attract practitioners and researchers, who are concerned with software business in different ways as well as its introduction to new areas of research and practice. The main theme of 2016 focuses on addressing the challenges that software faces in its application in different business domains.

ICSOB 2016 intends to attract researchers and practitioners who are concerned with software business in different ways. 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.

We invite to submit research papers on the topics of interest that include, but are not limited to:

  • Software product management
  • Software platforms and ecosystems
  • Corporate networks between companies including software companies
  • Software business today and in the future
  • Licensing, intellectual property and patent issues
  • Business models of software companies
  • App economy
  • Impact on megatrends (e.g. customization) on software business
  • Effects of business models on software development
  • Global and cultural aspects of software business
  • Mobile software business trends
  • Games and gamification
  • Business models of cloud computing
  • Software business education
  • Mergers and acquisition in the software industry
  • Economics of software companies

We welcome both research and industry papers to the conference. The papers should be original and not submitted to or accepted by any other conference or journal. We are looking for short position and practice papers that provide insights on the lifecycle management of software products and industry case studies as well as full research papers describing novel approaches to software business for software products and services.

We solicit contributions of research papers (up to 15 pages), short papers (up to 8 pages), and experience report papers (up to 15 pages). Short papers can be industrial or emerging ideas. Your submission must conform to the Springer’s LNBIP Formatting Guidelines


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Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.


  • Paper Submission: February 5, 2016
  • Notification: March 18, 2016
  • Camera Ready: April 15, 2016
  • Conference: June 13-14, 2016

Best Regards,
Andrey Maglyas & Anna-Lena Lamprecht