Objective

Business Agility is a topic of increasing interest, in particular boosted by the recent global financial crisis. For any business, anticipating changes and adapting quicker and more efficient is a challenge and various approaches such as cloud computing, Business-IT-Alignment, or context modelling try to provide solutions. There are two arbitrary principles leading to agility: change and maturating. Whereas the first is an explicit transformation of an enterprise architecture or well-defined part of it from a status A to a status A', the latter can be viewed as being a continuous improvement. Working on these various aspects of agility could bring together (research) communities of Enterprise Architecture Modelling and Artificial Intelligence.

  • How can change and maturity for business agility be modeled and measured?
  • How can enterprise architecture models for the alignment of business and IT be formalised?
  • What is the relation of enterprise ontologies and Enterprise Architecture frameworks?
  • How can anomalies in an Enterprise Architecture (e.g. defined roles which never appear in business processes) be detected?
  • What Business Intelligence techniques can be applied to discover patterns that are indicators for both maturing and changes?
  • How can agile business processes be modeled?
  • Are Business Rules an appropriate approach for requirements modelling and compliance?
  • Can Web 3.0 and Semantic Web Services be used to implement agile process orchestration and choreography allowing for new forms of cooperation in virtual organisations?
  • What techniques can be used to evaluate the degree of interoperability of an implemented Enterprise Architecture?
  • How can human-related aspects (e.g. social, cultural and collaboration issues) in an Enterprise Architecture be designed and formalized?

The symposium on Business Agility aims to bring together the various communities to learn and benefit from each other in order to avoid pitfalls on one hand side and provide the ground for synergetic co-operations. Besides researchers, the participation of business people would be highly beneficial for providing input about real-world business requirements.