The conference theme of CAiSE'04 is Knowledge and Model Driven Information Systems
Engineering for Networked Organisations.
Modern businesses and IT systems are facing an ever more complex environment
characterised by openness, variety, and change.
Organisations are becoming less self-sufficient and increasingly dependent on business
partners and other actors. These trends call for openness of business as well as IT systems,
i.e. the ability to connect and interoperate with other systems.
Organisations are experiencing ever more variety in their business, in all conceivable
dimensions. The different competencies required by the workforce are multiplying. In the
same way, the variety in technology is overwhelming with a multitude of languages, platforms,
devices, standards, and products.
Organisations need to manage an environment that is constantly changing and where lead
times, product life cycles, and partner relationships are shortening. The demand of having
to constantly adapt IT to changing technologies and business practices has resulted in the
birth of new ideas which may have profound impact on the information systems engineering
practices in future years, such as autonomic computing, component and services marketplaces
and dynamically generated software.
These trends pose a number of challenges to both the operational systems and the development
processes of the organisation, its work practice, and its IT systems. In order to cope with
increasingly complex business and IT environments, organisations need effective instruments
for managing their knowledge about these environments.
Essential among these instruments are models, i.e. representations of aspects of reality
including the domain of work, the processes, and the context. Models come in a variety of
forms, formal or informal; describing static or dynamic aspects; representing agents,
processes, or resources; focusing on business or IT aspects, etc. To realise the full
potential of models, there is a need for a business and technology architecture as well
as a way of working that place the models firmly in the centre and let them be the driving
force in analysis, design, implementation, deployment and use of systems and services. This
implies developing not only new modelling languages but also new ways of developing models,
which incorporate in a participatory manner all stakeholders involved.
In addition to the special theme, topics relevant for submissions to CAiSE*04 include,
but are not limited to, the following:
Methodologies, Models, and Tools for IS Development
Requirements Engineering for IS
Model Driven Architectures
Enterprise Modelling Methods and Tools
Service Oriented and Mobile Computing
E-government Strategies and Applications
Knowledge, Information and Data Quality
Web Content Management and Distribution
Model and Software Reusability
Data Warehousing & OLAP
Metadata and Ontologies
Support for Co-operative Work
Innovative Database Technologies
Distributed, Mobile, and Open Architectures
Languages and Protocols for IS
Component-Ware and IS
IS Usability and Interfaces to IS
Simulation in IS Development
Case studies and experience reports related to the above topics are also