Keynote Speakers

Gregor Engels

University of Paderborn, Germany

BizDevOps: Aligning Business Objectives with Software Development and Operations How to Realize this Dream?

Abstract: BizDevOps means that Business units, Development teams, and Operations departments closely interact to realize and run IT systems which effectively and efficiently realize business objectives. Such a removal of traditional silos sounds reasonable. But, how to overcome existing barriers between diverse technical concepts, methods, and tools, as well as competences and communication cultures?

The talk discusses those commonalities and differences in order to provide a base for a mutual understanding. It illustrates approaches to derive designs of IT systems from business goals, and to develop, test, deploy, and run IT systems according to the BizDevOps paradigm.

CV: Prof. Dr. Gregor Engels received his PhD in Computer Science in 1986 from the University of Osnabrück, Germany. Between 1991 and 1997 he held the position of Chair of Software Engineering and Information Systems at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. Since 1997, he is Professor of Informatics at the University of Paderborn, Germany.

Currently, he is also director of two technology transfer labs at the University of Paderborn, the s-lab Software Quality Lab and the C-LAB, where more than 40 PhD students do joint research with industrial partners. His research interests are in the area of model-driven software development, architectural frameworks, and software quality assurance.

Peter Zencke

Professor for Business Economics and Information Science at the University of Wuerzburg with lectureships at the Universities of St. Gallen and ETH Zuerich. Former board member of SAP AG responsible for research and development.

Next Generation Enterprise Systems with Business Service Platforms - download presentation

Abstract: Enterprise systems as standard packaged solutions from ISV´s are used in nearly every enterprise around the globe. Despite the success of these systems, their core design stems from ERP solutions for industrial enterprises twenty years ago and has gradually been extended over time to cope with the more agile requirements of todays customer focused and service oriented networked business. But slow innovation and high cost of change of these solutions have become a point of concern.

Today a next generation of enterprise systems named Business Service Platforms is emerging applying product platform concepts to software using new disruptive technologies like cloud computing, big data management and mobility.

The presentation of this new development of enterprise systems will focus on the following six characteristics of Business Service Platforms:

1. Services based

2. Offered as a service in the cloud

3. Address new classes of users and types of business especially in service business

4. Designed to enable ongoing business innovation

5. Allow for a high degree of business adaptability and extensibility.

6. Supplemented by a broad offer of partner Add-Ons from business AppStores.

Business Service Platform will play a key role in the digital transformation of the software industry for enterprise systems. The digital transformation of the software industry forms the general background of the presentation.

CV: Zencke began his career in academic research and teaching. He studied mathematics and economics at the University of Bonn, Germany, from 1971 to 1977. From 1977 to 1980, he continued as research assistant at the University of Bonn, Germany, and received a doctorate in 1980 for his work in mathematical modeling and numerical optimization. In 1982, Zencke was appointed assistant professor for mathematics and operations research at the University of Trier, Germany, where he developed a new curriculum in business mathematics.

Zencke joined SAP in 1984. From 1988 to 1992, he was project lead for the development of SAP R/3 ERP solution. In 1993 Peter Zencke was appointed to the Executive Board of SAP AG overseeing SAP's activities in the Asia-Pacific region. Until 2008 Zencke was leading SAPs global research organizations and heading mayor areas of development like logistic and customer relationship management as well as industry-specific solutions in oil and gas, consumer products, retail, and automotive.

After retiring from SAP, Zencke remained active in the SAP research community and is engaging in university lectures and MBA programs at the Universities of Wuerzburg, St. Gallen and ETH Zurich. His research focus is on platforms and architecture for service business systems.

Francisco Barbeira


CV: Eng. Francisco Barbeira graduated in Systems and Computer Engineering in 1996 from the University of Minho. He attended the Stanford Executive Program in 2010. He joined BPI in 1996, at the Information Systems Department and one year later he moved to the marketing Department. He becomes responsible for the Marketing Department, New Channels and Organization and currently he is General Director of Information Systems at BPI.