Colloquium IS Rob Kusters: Decision Criteria for Software Component Sourcing Steps towards a Framework

Rob Kusters

Decision Criteria for Software Component Sourcing Steps towards a Framework

Software developing organizations nowadays have a wide choice when it comes to sourcing software components. This choice ranges from developing or adapting in-house developed components via buying closed source components to utilizing open source components. This study seeks to determine criteria that software developers can use to make this choice. Answering this question will result in a list of criteria that can, after further validation, be used to develop structured decision support in this type of decision. A first step is a literature search resulting in an initial list. Since the literature used was not specifically targeted at the question at hand, it was decided to separately conduct interviews to obtain an independently derived list of criteria. In a second part of the interview the respondents were confronted with the list resulting from literature. Together this resulted in a preliminary proposal for decision criteria for software sourcing

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PhD defense Shaya Pourmirza: “Runtime Party Switch in an Inter-Organizational Collaboration”

cover-2016-10-05On Tuesday, November 8th @4PM Auditorium 4, Shaya Pourmirza will defend his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Runtime Party Switch in an Inter-Organizational Collaboration”

Supervisor(s): P.W.P.J. Grefen and R.M. Dijkman
Chair: prof.dr. I.E.J. Heynderickx

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During the execution of an inter-organizational business-to-business (B2B) collaboration, a collaborating party may drop out for technical reasons or for business reasons. In such a case, the leaving party must be replaced, at runtime, by a new party. Ideally, the new party can pick up where the old party left off.

Currently, algorithms exist that can help with the runtime selection of the new party in order to incorporate it in the collaboration. Also, several studies have investigated the theoretical foundations of dynamic business process changes within a single enterprise. However, very few attempts have been made which can help a new party in a collaboration to pick up where the old party left off. Designing such techniques constitutes a challenge due to each party’s autonomy and to privacy policies that emerge in the context of a collaboration.

This PhD study aims to address this challenge by providing an overview of the components, algorithms, operations and techniques that are necessary to enable a party in a collaboration to be replaced by another party at runtime. Accordingly, this study consists of the following three research activities.

Firstly, it presents a descriptive reference architecture for Business Process Management Systems (BPMS) that facilitates switching parties in inter-organizational collaborations. This reference architecture, called BPMS-RA, has been designed based on a systematic literature survey of existing BPMS architectures. The main purpose of the development of BPMS-RA is twofold: (i) it can be employed as an architectural template for developing a new BPMS by offering two distinct levels of aggregation for the components that comprise a BPMS architecture, and (ii) it enables the analysis and comparison of existing BPMS in terms of their functionalities.

Secondly, it introduces a strategy for adapting an inter-organizational collaboration when a global view on the collaboration exists. In this strategy we assume that it is possible to have a central party, called the global controller, that can observe all communication and be the intermediary between all collaborating parties when one party is replaced by another. In this case there is also a model that describes all communications, which is called the choreography model. This research contributes to the body of knowledge by proposing a set of algorithms, operations and techniques (such as rollback and compensation) that facilitate the party switch in the case where a global controller and a choreography model exist.

Finally, it describes a strategy for adapting an inter-organizational collaboration when a global view on the collaboration does not exist. In this strategy, we assume that there is no global controller in a collaboration and no choreography model of the collaboration. The main challenge in this case is to capture the choreography model by relating the past communications among the collaborating parties that belong to the same thread of collaboration. This challenge is also known as the correlation challenge. This study addresses this challenge by introducing a new process discovery algorithm, called the correlation miner, that facilitates discovery when events (i.e., messages) are not associated with a case identifier.

In order to demonstrate the feasibility of these studies, we have developed prototype tools that implement our solutions and we evaluated them in a practical setting. Additional experiments were performed on both synthetic and real-world process models in order to determine the extent to which our proposed solutions are applicable.


PhD defense Mohammad Rasouli: “Information Governance in Service-Oriented Business Networking”

cover pageOn Tuesday, October 25th @4PM Auditorium 4, Mohammad Rasouli will defend his Ph.D. thesis entitled  “Information governance in service-oriented business networking

Supervisor(s): P.W.P.J. Grefen en prof.dr. R.J. Kusters
Chair: G.P.J. Verbong

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Information Governance in Service-Oriented Business Networking

Competition in current business environments forces organizations to focus on their core competencies and outsource other activities. Organizations focusing on their core competencies collaborate with globally distributed business parties to provide products and services for customers. This highlights the importance of business networking for achieving competitive advantages. In this way, nowadays competition is between business networks (BNs) rather than between single organizations.

On the other hand, customers’ empowerment in globalized markets necessitates service orientation in BNs. Service orientation in BNs points out deep interactions with customers for value co-creation as well as dynamic and agile collaboration with suppliers to deliver mass-customized products and services. In this way, a service-oriented business network (SBN) is described as a collaborative network of independent parties within a market that co-create mass-customized packages of products and services in the form of integrated solutions.

Service orientation in BNs requires sensing of environmental changes (e.g. customer needs) and responding to these needs rapidly through agile orchestration of resources distributed among parties. Orchestration of distributed resources within a BN is realized by networked business processes. Service orientation in BNs highlights information-intensive networked business processes. The information-intensity implies dynamic evolution of networked business processes in order to respond to environmental requirements. The property of information-intensity is further increased by emerging paradigms like big data, cloud computing, and internet of things that enable to generate, store, access, and use globally distributed information. However, this situation results in emerging issues such as unsecured information access and low quality information products. These issues strongly threaten performance of BNs. So, they need to be recognized and countered by information governance (IG) mechanisms in an appropriate way. IG in the context of BNs can be characterized as a holistic approach to enable high quality and secure information exchanges among collaborating parties.

This dissertation concentrates on IG in SBNs. To do so, the dissertation is organized within the three main parts. The first part of the thesis characterizes SBNs within an integrated framework in the form of three-two dimensional matrices. The applicability and usefulness of the developed framework to characterize service orientation in real-life BNs is evaluated by a multiple-case study.

The second part of the dissertation concentrates on the identification of the IG issues resulting from service orientation in BNs. To do so, a systematic literature review is conducted that results in the identification of the 28 IG issues. These issues are categorized within information quality, information security, and metadata domains. The practical relevance of the theoretically identified IG issues is evaluated by a case study.

The third part of the dissertation describes synthesizing an architectural solution to deal with the identified IG issues. The designed architecture specifies components that support governing information assets that are exchanged to manage dynamic networked business processes in SBNs.




Data Science Seminar by Joao Paulo Carvalho – University of Lisbon

You are cordially invited to the Data Science Seminar that will take place on Friday, 28th October 2016 (TU/e AUD2).

Participation is free of charge, but please register by sending an email to before 26th October 2016.

Speaker: Joao Paulo Carvalho, INESC ID’s Spoken Language Systems Laboratory
Title: Fuzzy Fingerprints: Identification and classification in Big data using top-k values

Information about the event is as follows:

Abstract: Fuzzy Fingerprints are a recently introduced technique inspired by the fact that many types of data studied in the physical and social sciences can be approximated with a Zipfian distribution. I.e., the frequency of an item is inversely proportional to its rank in the frequency table. Fuzzy Fingerprints efficiently use the implicit information contained in top-k most frequent data values to perform identification in large datasets. The term “fingerprint” is used in the sense that fingerprints are unique, and are usually left unintentionally, allowing us to identify their “owners”. The fingerprint concept can be extended from single users to categories, topics or classes, allowing us to perform tasks such as classification and recommendation.

In this talk I will approach the ideas behind Fuzzy Fingerprints and show case studies and applications involving: identification of anonymous users based on their phone and web usage habits; text author identification based on their writing habits; classification and identification in social data (e.g. detecting tweets related to a given trending topic); classification based on medical text data; movie recommendation; etc.

This event is technically co-sponsored by the Benelux Chapter of IEEE
Computational Intelligence Society.

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New Employee Juntao Gao

JuntaoI am a visiting scholar in the Information Systems group at Eindhoven University of Technology and an associate professor of School of Computer and Information Technology, Northeast Petroleum University, Heilongjiang Province, China.

I graduated from Beihang University in 2009 with Doctor of Science Degree. I have been working in Northeast Petroleum University for 6 years. I have done more than 11 projects of Business Process Modeling, Data Integration and Quality Management.
My current research and work focuses on (1) Business Process Intelligence (2)Business Process Management (3)Big Data.





New Employee Sander Peters

Foto SPFAs a not so new employee to the group (I did a lot of student-assistantships and my master thesis research within the group), but still a new employee I would like to introduce myself.  I received my Bachelor’s degree and both my Master’s degrees whilst studying at the Eindhoven University of Technology: In 2013 I completed my Bachelor in Industrial Engineering, whereas I recently completed my Masters in Operations, Management & Logistics and Business Information Systems in September of 2016. My main interests are in the area of business process analysis and optimization, especially the combination of logistical processes and the use of data to improve the efficiency of these processes.

I will participate within the Information Systems department as PhD student on the DATAS project, which is aimed to improve processes in the logistical sector by using (real-time) data and statistics combined with improved models for scheduling and planning. I look forward to the coming years and hope to further develop my skills and engage in interesting collaborations!


Nominations Industria Education Award 2016

Every year, Industria organizes the Education Awards ceremony. Awards will be handed out to the best lecturers of 2015-2016 in the categories: Propedeuse (First year Bachelor), Post-propedeuse (second and third year Bachelor), Operations Management and Logistics,  Innovation Management and  for Talent.

From our the Information Systems  Group Rik Eshuis, Irene Vanderfeesten, Pieter Van Gorp & Remco Dijkman and Jonnro Erasmus are amongst the nominees!

Rik is nominated for Propedeuse, Irene for Post propedeuse, Pieter & Remco for Operations Master Management and Logistics and last but certainly not least Jonnro for the Talent Award.

Click here for Last years’s winners

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3 November 2016; The drink starts at 16.00h, and the official ceremony starts at 17.00h.
The Villa, Eindhoven

Colloquium IS Irene Vanderfeesten: End-to-end process management in high tech manufacturing – an introduction to the HORSE project

Irene Vanderfeesten

End-to-end process management in high tech manufacturing – an introduction to the HORSE project

The HORSE project is a EU Horizon 2020 research and development project in the area of “factories of the future”. It aims to develop a framework for smart factories that increases efficiency and effectiveness of manufacturing processes by applying and extending process management technology and by integrating human and robotic activities on the workfloor while ensuring a safe and healthy work environment.  In this presentation I will introduce the HORSE project, its goals, its applications, and the contribution  of the TU/e HORSE team to the framework as a whole. I will report on the progress we have made so far in the requirements analysis, complete system design and development of manufacturing process management.

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New employee: Konstantinos Traganos (Kostas)

Traganos_PhotoI obtained my Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2007 (5-years degree) from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, with a specialization in Communications.
After my studies I fulfilled my military service and then I worked for 3.5 years as a software developer in a private company operating in tourism industry, based in Athens, Greece.

In September 2014 I completed my MSc degree in Business Information Systems, at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands, with a specialization in Business Process Management (BPM). My master project was about the Design of a Standard Architecture for Service Management based on the BASE/X framework, which is a business engineering framework for service-dominant business. The project was carried out at DLL, a global provider of leasing and finance solutions where we also implemented a prototype in a BPM tool (from Pega, a leader in BPM market) to act as a proof of concepts of the BASE/X framework regarding the agility of organizations to offer new service compositions to the market.
During my post-graduate studies, I also worked for a short period as a student assistant, tutoring Bachelor level students for a Design-based learning project.

Upon completion of my master studies, I worked as a Research Assistant in the Information Systems (IS) research group of the Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IE&IS) Department of TU/e. I was involved in the “ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) Reference Architecture NL” project, establishing a ground for mobility standard in The Netherlands, taking existing heterogenous architectures into account. A business framework that would show the benefits (and costs) for deployment of mobility systems and the connection to the architecture framework were also objectives of that project. Furthermore, I worked on “PPA (Praktijkproef Amsterdam) Zuidoost” (a large-scale trial designed to reduce traffic jams in the Amsterdam region) project in order to define a business framework to guide the identification of stakeholders, costs and benefits for deployment of ITS applications.

In May 2015 I moved to Luxembourg to work as a software engineeer in TiVo (formerly Rovi Corporation), a global leader in digital entertainment discovery.

Since October 2016, I returned to IS group to work as a Business Information Systems Engineer for Advanced Manufacturing Process Management. My role is part of a larger team of HORSE project, a prestigious and innovative European R&D project in the area of smart factories. The project focuses on the application in manufacturing of business process management concepts, theories and technologies.



Inaugural lecture Jos J.M. Trienekens Friday October 28, 2016 Jos J.M. Trienekens was appointed October 1st 2015 as endowed professor of Information Management in Educational Value Networks ” at the Open University. The chair at the Faculty of Management, Science and Technology funded by DEKRA Certification BV in Arnhem.

He will deliver his inaugural lecture:

Date: 28 October 2016
Location: Aula from the Vergadercentrum Pretoria from the Open University. Address: Valkenburgerweg, 177, 6419 AT Heerlen
Time: Reception from 15.30h, Inaugural Lecture: 16:00h (precisely)

Registration: Mandatory until 21 October 2016, via