Business Value of Service-Oriented Architectures

Special Session in SEKE 2009

The 21st International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE'09)

Hyatt Harborside at Logan Int'l Airport, Boston, USA



Service-based computing and service-oriented organizational paradigms, often jointly captured by the term of Service-oriented Architecture (SOA), promise to support the implementation of large-scale business processes and simultaneously to offer increased flexibility in reacting to changing processual and market demands. There is many ongoing research on technical aspects of effectively designing, implementing and maintaining SOA, but one of the most fundamental questions has still found scarce attention: What is the actual Business Value from adopting SOA? And moreover, how can we evaluate and measure it – ideally before adopting the service-oriented paradigm both on the business process level and on the IT architecture level. In order to determine the importance of different aspects of SOA from an economic and strategic perspective, potential adopters need support to estimate the benefits, risks, and efforts associated with SOA. This should help aligning business and IT side of the firm in order to accomplish efficient and effective decision making about introducing SOA.

This special track is organized in SEKE’09 to bring together researchers and practitioners from the service engineering and the businesss management side to discuss pressing issues regarding the Business Value of SOA. Topics of specific interest for this track are:

The track is also open for additional related topics not listed, however all submitted papers should clearly focus on the application in a SOA setting.


Papers must be written in English. An electronic version (Postscript, PDF, or MS Word format) of the full paper should be submitted using the following URL: Please use Internet Explorer as the browser, and select the paper type "Weitzel, Wirtz and Beimborn, Business Value of Service-Oriented Architectures". Manuscripts must include a 200-word abstract and no more than 6 pages of IEEE Computer Society Two-Column Format for Proceedings (include figures and references).


Tim Weitzel (, Chair of Information Systems, Bamberg University, Germany

Guido Wirtz (, Distributed and Mobile Systems Group, Bamberg University, Germany

Daniel Beimborn (, Department for Information Systems and Services, Bamberg University, Germany

If you have any questions regarding the special track or whether your research fits into the focus of the special track, don't hesitate to contact one of the organizers.