The ability to collaborate becomes increasingly a critical success factor for a sustainable economy and society. Therefore, information, services and processes of enterprises should be designed and implemented accordingly, to enable easy and flexible interoperability. This poses important challenges, including achieving societal acceptance, embedding in real-world practices, overcoming differences between collaboration partners, exploiting opportunities, adapting to change, and providing open solutions on top of various technologies.
The IFIP International Working Conference on Enterprise Interoperability (IWEI) is part of a series of conferences, which are organized by the IFIP TC5 Working Group 5.8 on Enterprise Interoperability. The IWEI series of conferences aim at identifying and discussing challenges and solutions with respect to enterprise interoperability, both at the business and the technical level. Since 2007, three IWEI conferences have been held in Munich (2007), Valencia (2009) and Stockholm (2011), and a next one is planned to take place in September 2012, in Harbin, China. IWEI 2013 is the 5th IWEI conference, this time organized in Enschede, The Netherlands.
This conference focuses on information, services and processes for the interoperable economy and society, and the corresponding enterprise interoperability challenges in the light of technology developments including the Future Internet. The conference seeks to promote the development of a scientific foundation for enterprise collaboration and interoperability; an architectural and methodological framework for addressing interoperability challenges from different viewpoints and at different levels of abstraction; new business and IT approaches for enterprise interoperability; methods and models to evaluate interoperability solutions; and practical solutions of enterprise interoperability.