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06: Cloud Computing Services

Track Description


Cloud computing offers on-demand access to a shared pool of managed and scalable information technology (IT) resources on a pay-per-use basis. With cloud computing, IT resources are used in a similar way as traditional utilities such as water, gas, and electricity. Cloud computing services are designed to interact in a service-oriented environment to create and combine new types of connected, innovative, and service-based enterprise architectures as well as end-user solutions. Thus, cloud computing services are a key driver towards a networked society[1].

With cloud computing outgrowing its infancy and organizations continue to rely on and invest in cloud technologies, the demand for secure, compliant, and reliable cloud computing services rises and the need to efficiently adopt, integrate, and roll out cloud computing services gains importance. As a specific focus of this track, we focus on practices to ensure security, compliance, and reliability of cloud solutions as well as on sourcing and decision processes in the context of cloud computing services.

Types of Contributions

This track invites researchers who explore the strategic, organizational, technological implications of cloud sourcing to submit original empirical or theoretical contributions. We encourage researchers to submit behavioral and, in particular, case-based, action, and design-oriented research that enable provision of secure, compliant, and reliable cloud services as well as efficient cloud sourcing processes. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cloud computing adoption, innovation, and diffusion
  • Cloud sourcing, decision-making and make or buy decision processes
  • Cloud sourcing processes and practices
  • Business impact of adopting cloud computing services
  • Cloud computing services in highly regulated industries (e.g., health care, financial services)
  • Medical and health IT services in cloud computing environments
  • Integration of cloud services in the overall IT landscape
  • Cloud computing services and organizational change
  • Trust in cloud computing
  • Security, privacy, and compliance management in cloud computing
  • Monitoring and accountability in cloud environments
  • Privacy policies for cloud-based services
  • Metrics, measures, and audit processes for certification of cloud services
  • Digital preservation of cloud services
  • Big data in the cloud 
  • Cloud computing for start-ups and entrepreneurs
  • Self-service cloud portals, service descriptions, cloud marketplaces and ecosystems
  • Value-added services for cloud ecosystems

Cloud computing is one of the major topics in the information systems community as well as in the computer science and business administration communities with numerous scientific conferences dedicated to cloud computing (e.g., IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (CloudCom), IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD), IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing and Intelligence Systems (CCIS)). 

Furthermore, workshops and tracks at major IS conferences deal with research on cloud computing (e.g., Pre-ICIS SIM Academic Workshop “The Business Payoff of Cloud Services”, ECIS 2013 Track “Cloud Computing and Services in Global Settings”, ICIS 2013 Track “Governance and Management of IS”, AMCIS 2013 Track “Adoption and Diffusion of Information Technology”). 

Moreover, journals such as the European Journal of Information Systems, MIS Quarterly Executive, IEEE Transactions on Computers, and Electronic Markets call for papers for special issues on cloud computing. IEEE Computer Society established the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing as a dedicated journal for research in all areas relating to cloud computing. 

With cloud computing being a highly relevant and present topic in the scientific as well as the practitioner community, ECIS 2015 will be an appropriate and timely forum for discussing the suggested research topics on cloud computing.

[1] Networked society is the ECIS 2015 conference theme.

Track Chairs

Ali Sunyaev <primary contact>

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Ali Sunyaev <primary contact>

Ali Sunyaev is an assistant professor at the Department of Information Systems, University of Cologne, Germany. Ali has published several international journal articles (including articles in journals such as Communications of the ACM (CACM), ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality (ACM JDIQ), IEEE Software, IEEE Computer, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), International Journal of Medical Informatics (IJMI), AIS Transactions on Enterprise Systems (AIS TES), Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE), Electronic Markets (EM) and Communications of the AIS (CAIS)). His research interests include design, management and quality of information systems, development of innovative healthcare applications, and management of information systems security. 

Ali served as Track Chair for ConLife Conferences (2012 in Cologne and 2013 in Berlin). Last year, he was a member of programme committees of all major IS Conferences (ICIS 2013, ECIS 2013, WI 2013, MKWI 2014). Ali also served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Services Conference (2013 in Santa Clara, US).

Inge van de Weerd

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Inge van de Weerd

Inge van de Weerd is an assistant professor at the Knowledge, Information and Networks group of the Department of Information, Logistics and Innovation at the VU University Amsterdam. She holds a PhD in Information and Computing Sciences from Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Her research interests focus on the adoption of new technologies, in particular cloud computing.Her work has been published in proceedings of conferences such as ECIS, RE and CAiSE and in international journals such as Information & Software Technology and Computers in Human Behaviour. Inge van de Weerd has experience as program chair of various workshops and conferences, such as the 2nd International Conference on Software Business (ICSOB 2011), Brussels, June 2011, the 6th International Workshop on Software Product Management (IWSPM 2012), Essen Germany, March 2012, and the 20th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality (REFSQ 2014). She has been a track chair of the track "Cloud Computing and Services in Global Settings" of ECIS 2013.

Alexander Benlian

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Alexander Benlian

Alexander Benlian is a chaired professor of Information Systems, especially Electronic Services, at Darmstadt University of Technology (TU Darmstadt), Germany. His work has been published in international journals such as Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Service Research, Information Systems Journal, European Journal of Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Information & Management, Business & Information Systems Engineering, and Journal of Business Economics. His research interests include management and evaluation of IT services, business–IT alignment, and software platforms.

Alexander serves on the editorial board of the European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), the International Journals of Electronic Commerce (IJEC) and the Journal of Service Research (JSR). He served as Track Chair for “Software-as-a-Service and Cloud Computing” at the MKWI 2012  (Braunschweig, Germany) and  Track Chair for “Cloud Computing and Services in Global Settings” at the ECIS last year (Utrecht, 2013). 

Jan Marco Leimeister

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Jan Marco Leimeister

Jan Marco Leimeister joined St. Gallen University in 2012 as a professor at the Institute of Information Management (IWI HSG) and is also the Chair of Information Systems at Kassel University (Germany) since 2008. His research focuses on Service Engineering, Collaboration Engineering and IT Innovations and Technology Management. He authored and/or edited more than 13 books as well as more than 300 scientific publications. His research has been published in a broad range of Journals such as Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), Information Systems Journal (ISJ), R&D Management, IEEE Pervasive Computing, MISQ Executive, International Journal of Electronic Commerce (IJEC),  International Journal of Medical Informatics (IJMI ) or Preventive Medicine. In addition, Jan Marco Leimeister serves on the editorial board of the European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), is a Senior Editor of the Journal of Information Technology (JIT), and is regularily member of programme committees of international conferences in the field of Information Systems. 

Besides Professor Leimeister’s academic activities, he has co-founded two companies and acts as frequent consultant and board member of several companies. 

Jan Marco Leimeister received a master degree in business administration (Dipl. oec.) and a Doctorate (Dr. oec.) from Hohenheim University, Stuttgart Germany  and a Postdoctoral Lecture Qualification (Habilitation) from Technische Universität München, Germany. He was a research group manager at the Computer Science Department of Technische Universität München and held visiting appointments at the University of Maryland, Columbia University, University of Queensland, University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University. 

Jan Marco served as Track Chair or Associate Editor at all ICIS and ECIS Conferences since 2008. He is a Program Chair of the ECIS this year (2014 in Tel Aviv). 

Associate Editors

  • Daniel Beimborn, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
  • Paul Drews, University of Hamburg
  • Johann Kranz, Georg-August-University of Göttingen
  • Karl Lang, Baruch College
  • Tiago Oliveira, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
  • Andreja Pucihar, University of Ljubljana
  • German F. Retana, INCAE Business School
  • Matti Rossi, Aalto University
  • Holger Schrödl, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
  • Nils Urbach, University of Bayreuth
  • Will Venters, London School of Economics
  • Thomas Widjaja, TU Darmstadt
  • Martin Wiener, Stockholm School of Economics
  • Till Winkler, Copenhagen Business School
  • Stefano Za, LUISS Guido Carli

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