IWSiB 2023

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 2022


The fifth IWSiB: Towards Sustainable Software Business was hosted by the ICSE 2022 conference and it was held as a one-day online workshop.

Associate Professor Birgit Penzenstadler from Chalmers University of Technology delivered a keynote presentation entitled Software-intensive business supporting resilience and sustainability for people.


IWSiB 2021


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.


IWSiB 2019


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

Professor Pekka Abrahamsson, from teh University of Jyväskylä presented a keynote entitled “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.