Agile and Self-Organizing Enterprise Information Systems:
Developing a Cloud Platform
We are moving to a new era with rapid changes. The business context is changing rapidly and we need to change our information system very quickly. We have to change the way we create Enterprise Information Systems. The problem is that despite Moore’s law, (Kurzweil, 2005) the capability of computers doubles every eighteen months, the programs and their creation are becoming slower and slower (Wirth’s law– Software is getting slower more rapidly than hardware becomes faster). In summary – the creation of information systems is slow and very costly. This is not the only problem with our information systems. The second problem with created information systems is that in many cases they fulfill functional requirements, but at the same time they don’t add value to the enterprise. The value requirement is not posed or measured. In this book the living systems approach is presented. The concepts of living systems, which we also call Complex Adaptive Systems, are used in various areas. We first mention enterprise development.
In this book we analyze possibilities of using concepts of living systems in the context of enterprises and its information systems. The theoretical foundations for creation living systems and the main features of living systems are presented. Then, the conditions of staying alive and emergent behavior are presented. In the main part of the book we discuss how these concepts can be used in enterprise information systems. Main contributions presented in this book will be where the measure of business processes and decision support methods usage are analyzed for enacting services from the cloud. Model driven development enables a drastic raise in performance of developers.
Objective of the Book
The mission of this book is to help enterprises to move from older information architectures to the new web based cloud platform. The technical side, and importance of cloud computing, is now more or less clear. The problem with using cloud services and integrating them with legacy systems in enterprise will be a less covered topic.
The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of information and knowledge management in various disciplines, e.g. information and communication sciences, administrative sciences and management, education, adult education, economy, computer science, and information technology. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support executives concerned with the management of expertise, knowledge, information and organizational development in different types of work communities and environments. Everyone who is interested in the new directions of business information systems is a part of the target audience for this book. This book could be especially useful for students and lectures.
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
This book is planned to consist of three parts:
Part I: THEORETHICAL AND PRACTICAL FOUNDATITIONS
Autopoiesis and self-organization
Cloud computing – a conceptual framework
Cloud computing in a network economy
Complexity and emergence
Part II: ENTERPRISE AGILITY
Business Process Management – BPM
Part III: INFORMATION SYSTEM AGILITY AND CLOUD COMPUTING
Software as a Service – SaaS
Service Oriented Architectures – SOA
Model Driven Development -MDD
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before March 15, 2010, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by April 1, 2010 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by July 15, 2010. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.
This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is scheduled to be released in 2011.
March 15, 2010: Proposal Submission Deadline
April 1, 2010: Notification of Acceptance
July 15, 2010: Full Chapter Submission
September 30, 2010: Review Results Returned
November 30, 2010: Final Chapter Submission
December 30, 2010: Final Deadline
Editorial Advisory Board Members:
Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:
Dr. Enn Õunapuu
Institute of Informatics
Tallinn University of Technology
12618 Raja 15 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel.: +372 6 202 307 • Fax: +372 6 202 305 • GSM: +372 50 97720