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Emergence as competitive advantage. Engineering tomorrow's enterprise software systems

: Frischbier, Sebastian; Gesmann, M.; Mayer, D.; Roth, A.; Webel, Christian


Maciaszek, L. (Ed.) ; Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication -INSTICC-, Setubal:
14th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICEIS 2012. Proceedings. Vol.3 : Wroclaw, Poland, 28 June - 1 July 2012
Setubal: SciTePress, 2012
ISBN: 978-989-8565-12-9
International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS) <14, 2012, Wroclaw>
Fraunhofer IESE ()
business process modeling; interoperability; System of System (SoS); software evolution; event-based system; service-oriented architecture (SOA); emergent system; adaptivity; EMERGENT

Companies rely heavily on complex software systems and tightly integrated supply-chains to serve their customers in increasingly fast changing markets. To gain competitive advantage in such a setting, companies must adapt their processes, products and inter-organizational relationships quickly to changing environments. In the future, enterprise software systems must be explicitly designed for flexibly switching intensive interorganizational relationships and for rapidly implementing changes in requirements or context while retaining existing functionality and user acceptance. In this position paper we introduce the notion of emergence in enterprise software systems as a guiding principle. Emergent Enterprise Software Systems (EESS) will be capable of reacting to changes in the environment by adapting their behavior and exposing new functionality. The consequent challenges we face when designing, building and operating EESS are discussed.