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Special Session
Special Session on
Business Apps
 - BA 2013

8 - 10 May, 2013 - Aachen, Germany

Within the 9th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - WEBIST 2013


Tim A. Majchrzak
University of Agder
Brief Bio
Tim A. Majchrzak is an associate professor at the Department of Information Systems at the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway. He received BSc and MSc degrees in Information Systems and a PhD in economics (Dr. rer. pol.) from the University of Münster, Germany. His research comprises both technical and organizational aspects of software engineering, often in the context of Web technologies and Mobile Computing. He has also published work on several interdisciplinary Information Systems topics. Tim´s research projects typically have an interface to industry or society. He is a member of the IEEE, the IEEE Computer Society, and the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.
Gottfried Vossen
WWU Münster
Brief Bio
Gottfried Vossen is a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Muenster in Germany, a Fellow of the German Computer Science Society, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Waikato Management School in Hamilton, New Zealand. He received his master´s and Ph.D. degrees as well as the German habilitation in 1981, 1986, and 1990, resp., all from the Technical University of Aachen in Germany. He is the European Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier's Information Systems - An International Journal, and has held visiting positions at various universities in Germany and abroad. His research interests include conceptual as well as application-oriented problems concerning databases, information systems, process modeling, and various forms of Web 2.0 applications, cloud computing, big data, as well as implications. He has been member in numerous program committees of international conferences and workshops. He is an author or co-author of more than 200 publications, and an author, co-author, or co-editor of more than 20 books on databases, business process modeling, the Web, e-commerce, cloud computing, and computer architecture.


Keywords: app, business app, app development, webapp, app testing, cross-platform, mobile device management, MDM

Applications for mobile devices – apps – propel the success of smartphones and tablet PCs. They enable users in grasping the full capabilities of devices. Due to the proliferation of mobile devices in the consumer market, they are increasingly recognized by corporations. Introducing smartphones and tablet PCs in companies does not do the trick, though: apps representing applicable business cases are needed. Moreover, apps can be utilized for marketing, customer loyalty, and sales activities. Such apps can be summarized as business apps.

While developing apps is considered to be straightforward, there are challenges to the creation of business apps. They need to adhere to quality standards, be secure and robust, and meet their requirements. Adhering to such criteria is similar to what is expected from classical applications developed by corporations. However, whether the same methods can be used is widely unclear. Additionally, there are new challenges such as developing for multiple incompatible platforms and a multitude of differing devices, security on inherently unsecure systems, performance issues, and the demand to conserve energy. Therefore, research is needed that goes beyond the general study of applications for mobile devices.

This special session is devoted to business apps and their requirements. Both technologic and economic papers are solicited. Topics of interests include (but are not limited to)
• App development in the context of business
• Economic impact of mobile computing
• Requirements analysis and engineering for business apps
• Development methods for apps
• Testing of apps
• Business models for apps
• Distribution of apps
• Cross-platform development
• Webapps vs. native apps
• Business app security
• Legal aspects of app development, distribution, and usage
• Employee training for app development
• Energy efficient computing on mobile devices
• Mobile device management
• Make-or-buy decisions in app development


Paul Gestwicki, Ball State University, United States
Jose J. Gonzalez, University of Agder, Norway
Henning Heitkötter, University of Münster, Germany
Adrian Holzer, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Julian Ohrt, TU Hamburg-Harburg, Germany
Jan Ondrus, ESSEC Business School, France
Davide Rossi, University of Bologna, Italy
Tony Wasserman, Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley, United States
Tristan Wehrmaker, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines and Templates.
Papers should be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system at:


All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on CD-ROM support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Index) and Scopus.
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All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


WEBIST Special Sessions - BA 2013