10th Workshop on Business and IT Alignment (BITA 2019)

in conjunction with 22nd International Conference on Business Information Systems, BIS 2019

A contemporary challenge for enterprises is to keep up with the pace of changing business demands imposed on them in different ways. There is today an obvious demand for continuous improvement and alignment in enterprises but unfortunately many organizations don’t have proper instruments (methods, tools, patterns, best practices etc.) to achieve this. Enterprise modeling, enterprise architecture, and business process management are three areas belonging to traditions where the mission is to improve business practice and business and IT alignment (BITA). BITA is many times manifested through the transition of taking an enterprise from one state (AS-IS) into another improved state (TO-BE), i.e. a transformation of the enterprise and it’s supporting IT into something that is regarded as better. Recent development within areas like Internet of Things (IoT), Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), and digitalization in general has brought new dimensions to BITA where BITA becomes an important part of smart business ecosystems. A continuous challenge with BITA is to move beyond a narrow focus on one tradition or technology. There is a need to be aware of and able to deal with a number of dimensions of the enterprise architecture, their connectivity, and their relations in order to create alignment. Examples of such dimensions are: organizational structures, strategies, business models, work practices, processes, and IS/IT structures. Among the concepts that deserve special attention in this context is enterprise architecture management (EAM). An effective EAM aligns IT investments with overall business priorities, determines who makes the IT decisions and assigns accountability for the outcomes. IT governance is also a dimension that traditionally has had a strong impact on BITA. There are ordinarily three governance mechanisms that an enterprise needs to have in place, 1) decision-making structures, 2) alignment process, and 3) formal communications.

This workshop aims to bring together people who have an interest in BITA. We invite researchers and practitioners from both industry and academia to submit original results of their completed or ongoing projects. We encourage to a broad understanding of possible approaches and solutions for BITA, including EAM and IT governance subjects. Specific focus is on practices of business and IT alignment, i.e. we have encouraged submission of case study and experiences papers.


Workshop Topics

The following topics are of relevance for the workshop:

  • Business and IT alignment and smart business ecosystems
  • Best practice business and IT alignment case studies
  • Business and IT alignment in small and medium sized enterprises
  • Business and IT alignment discovery, change and improvement - methodologies and best practices
  • Business and IT alignment and digital transformation
  • Business and IT alignment through BPM
  • Business value of business and IT alignment
  • Challenges in business and IT alignment
  • Critical success factors and associated KPIs´ for alignment initiatives
  • Design thinking in business and alignment
  • Enterprise architecture management (EAM) for business and IT alignment
  • Enterprise modelling as a tool for business and IT alignment
  • Experience reports and case studies
  • Human aspects of business and IT alignment; organizational staffing and structure, change management and leadership strategies
  • IT governance as a mean for alignment
  • Metrics associated with the alignment life cycle, re-design, implementation, management and improvement
  • Practices of business and IT alignment
  • Organisational implementations of various levels of business and IT alignment approaches
  • The relationship between BPM and enterprise architecture
Paper Submission and Proceedings

Detailed information about the submission procedure, formatting requirements and proceedings are avaible on the BITA workshop page at the BIS conference.

Important dates

  • April 30, 2019 – submission deadline for papers
  • May 20, 2019 – notification of acceptance/rejection
  • June 1, 2019 – submission of final papers (for presentation)
  • June 26-28, 2019 – the workshop


Program Committee

Program committee chairs

  • Kurt Sandkuhl, University of Rostock (Germany) (Chair)
  • Ulf Seigerroth, Jönköping University (Sweden) (Co-chair)
  • Julia Kaidalova, Jönköping University (Co-chair)

Program committee (preliminary, to be confirmed)

  • Vladimir Tarasov, Jönköping University
  • Jānis Grabis, Riga Technical University
  • Erik Proper, Public Research Centre Henri Tudor
  • Marite Kirikova, Riga Technical University
  • Birger Lantow, University of Rostock      
  • Michael Fellmann, University of Rostock
  • Stijn Hoppenbrouwers, HAN University of Applied Sciences
  • Nikolay Shilov, SPIIRAS
  • Alexander Smirnov, SPIIRAS
  • John Krogstie, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Janis Stirna, Stockholm University
  • Andreas L Opdahl, University of Bergen
  • Hasan Koç, Universität Rostock
  • Björn Johansson, Lund University
  • Vladimir Tarasov, Jönkoping University
  • Oscar Pastor Lopez, Universitat Politècnica de València
  • Anne Persson, University of Skövde