Software Business, Platforms, and Ecosystems: Fundamentals of Software Production Research
This report documents the program and the outcomes of Dagstuhl Seminar 18182 "Software Business, Platforms, and Ecosystems: Fundamentals of Software Production Research". Seminar April 29 -May 2, 2018 -http://www.dagstuhl.de/18182 2012 ACM Subject Classification Software and its engineering → Software organization and properties; Software and its engineering → Software creation and management; Software and its engineering → Software creation and management License Creative Commons BY 3.0
... mmons BY 3.0 Unported license © Slinger Jansen and Karl Werder Software producing organizations (SPOs) face challenges every day. Whether they are open source consortia or commercial software product companies, they all face the challenges of changing demands, rapidly evolving technology, and a dynamic ecosystem in which their products and services need to operate. SPOs need to rethink their operating models and benefit from current and future trends. E.g. agile software development and DevOps allow them to respond swiftly to changes in their environment, embracing uncertainty. Particularly in conjunction with machine learning and artificial intelligence, SPOs can generate strategic competitive advantages. Particularly companies with a long history in a given domain, such as SAP and Volkswagen, seem to be too comfortable with their status quo. Meanwhile, smaller companies drive innovation on many fronts. Examples are Provenance that benefits from blockchain technology to revolutionize trust in goods, or Tesla and Local Motors that push autonomous cars into consumer markets.