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Workshop 2 - Digital Transformation in Practice: BiSL Next and IT4B


IT is a maelstrom of mixed methods, best practices and competences. Business meanwhile is focused on the beneficial outcomes of investment in many areas. The ubiquity of IT makes it clear to investors that more and more business processes must be based on IT and therefore the buzz word ‘digitization’ is commonly in use to describe any IT activity, however trivial, that might impact business success. The unpleasant reality (or realIT…) is that a coherent approach to Governance, Strategy and therefore Improvement of business outcomes using IT is in the hands of global IT consultancies that promote specific best practices, or methods and IT installations. A good example is the ‘Big Data’ phenomenon, a genuine issue but one open to any snake oil.

An independent approach to both business information digitization and organisational readiness was a gap in the market which has been addressed by the Dutch government sponsored Business information services library (BISL next, the latest version) and its strategic development, IT4B (IT for business).

These independent best practices adhere to the proven Deming/Shewhart PDCA/PDSA cycle and provide a consistent approach to Governance specifically and organizational change/improvement. The myriad IT best practices that exist are not discarded or reinvented; they are contextualized in the well-researched and adopted lifecycles of business applications development and information/data management.

BiSL next and IT4B are used to assist enterprises to assess their overall readiness for digitization (large or small scale) and document the overall programme for improvement and what is needed for success. 

Topics of Interest 

Learn how to

  • to translate your business strategy into a digital ambition
  • to apply new technologies in a meaningful way into your enterprise
  • to assess organizational readiness for digital transformation
  • to bridge the gap between digital ambition and current organizational readiness
  • to improve on the organizational competence for digital transformation
  • to create detailed skills requirements for customized training and rapid recruitment
  • to design an efficient and effective operating model for digital transformation

Organizers and Program Commitee

Amit Sarkar, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Computing, Ara Institute of Canterbury, New Zealand

Walter Zondervan, Consultant - The Competence Society, The Netherlands

Formats and types

Submissions are possible in the following format:

  1. Full Paper: These contributions present a completed research project or a scientifically examined case. They shold follow ACM format and be of 10 to 15 pages length. Full papers are evaluated in a detailed peer review in terms of quality, foundations, study design and impact.
  2. Short Paper: These contributions should have 4 to 6 pages (ACM format) and are evaluated in a fast track review by the Organization Committee. In what form the contribution should be presented at the conference (e.g., presentation, poster or discussion) should be indicated in the text. Contributions are evaluated primarily according to their potential to stimulate expert discussions on known or innovative topics. (a.) Work in Progress: Ongoing research or planned research contributions with initial results, as well as case studies or business applications without in-depth scientific underpinning. (b.) Reflection Papers: Discussions or opinions on current scientific or practical questions that are to be further substantiated or presented as a thesis at the congress. (c.) Demonstration/Showcases: Presentation of applications, case studies or prototypes. (d.) Doctoral/master studies: Research projects, ongoing studies or completed work of master and doctoral students. (e.) Panels: Discussions with invited guests or open for contribution. (f.) Tutorials: Guidance or practical guidelines from science and practice.

ACM format templates are available Opens external link in new windowhere.

Submission and Deadlines

Please submit your paper by sending an e-mail to Amit Sarkar [Amit.Sarkar@ara.ac.nz].

  • 29.03. Submission deadline
  • 10.05. Reviews available
  • 24.05. Camera-ready versions

All submissions will undergo blind peer reviews.

Accepted full papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library. The short paper contributions will be published online at CEUR-WS.org (authors retain the sole copyright on their contributions in this case). All accepted contributions (full and short papers) will be included in printed proceedings volumes.