April 29 – May 2 , 2018, Dagstuhl Seminar 18182

Software Business, Platforms, and Ecosystems: Fundamentals of Software Production Research


Pekka Abrahamsson (University of Jyväskylä, FI)
Jan Bosch (Chalmers University of Technology – Göteborg, SE)
Sjaak Brinkkemper (Utrecht University, NL)
Alexander Mädche (KIT – Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, DE)

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Software producing organizations (SPO) face challenges every day. Whether they are open source consortia or commercial software product companies, they all face the challenges of changing demands, rapidly evolving technology, and a dynamic ecosystem in which their products and services need to operate. SPOs need to rethink their operating models and benefit from current and future trends. E.g. agile software development and DevOps allow them to respond swiftly to changes in their environment, embracing uncertainty. Particularly in conjunction with machine learning and artificial intelligence, SPOs can generate strategic competitive advantages. Particularly companies with a long history in a given domain, such as SAP and Volkswagen, seem to be too comfortable with their status quo. Meanwhile, smaller companies drive innovation on many fronts. Examples are Provenance1 that benefits from blockchain technology to revolutionize trust in goods, or Tesla2 and Local Motors3 that push autonomous cars into consumer markets.

The challenge to make these organizations successful is multi-disciplinary. First, there exist technology challenges, such as eliciting and prioritizing requirements, dealing with platforms and technology standards, and operating in complex technology landscapes that constrain and enable their technology. Secondly, there exist adoption challenges: organizations need to find ways to convince their target users to adopt their technologies and to coordinate evolving technologies to provide the most valuable end-user experience. Thirdly, there exist business model challenges, where these organizations must find ways to maximize profit from their innovations and technologies. Because of the pervasiveness of software, the challenges are observed everywhere in the economy, whether it is logistics, online marketing, or e-health. Furthermore, they are applicable to organizations in every stage of development, whether it is a software startup or a software giant that has influenced the market consistently for decades.

Hence, this Dagstuhl Seminar invites thought leaders from academia and industry to share their knowledge and experiences. Participants are asked to share a short position statement of max 300 words and participate in the development of a groundbreaking research agenda. These efforts aim to increase visibility and impact of software production research and to set a course for the next decades.


  Creative Commons BY 3.0 DE
  Pekka Abrahamsson, Jan Bosch, Sjaak Brinkkemper, and Alexander Mädche


  • Software Engineering


  • Software Engineering
  • Software Ecosystems
  • Software Business
  • Software Production
  • Software Startups

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