From left to right: Brecht Carels (Deputy Director Economic Council for East-Flanders), prof. Dirk Deschoolmeester (Chairman FBVI-FAIB, Ghent University), prof. A Min Tjoa (Chair IFIP TC8 WG 8.9) , Daniël De Steur (Managing Director Economic Council for East Flanders), prof. Geert Poels (Chairmain CONFENIS 2012, Ghent University)
From 19th September till 21th September more than 60 academics from 19 countries gathered in Ghent for the CONFENIS Conference 2012, the sixth International IFIP TC8 WG 8.9 Conference on Research and Practical Issues in Enterprise Information Systems. The theme of the conference 'Enterprise information systems of the future – evolving towards more performance through transparency and agility' emphasized two evolutions in the domain of enterprise information systems.
The first evolution is the development of more open systems, e.g., the creation of interoperation between systems from collaborating organizations or the composition of systems from standard modules and packages offered by different vendors.
The second evolution is the move towards more flexible systems, meaning easily configurable and adaptable systems based on service-oriented software architectures, the software as a service business model, cloud computing infrastructures, and software product line approaches.
Apart from these industry evolutions, the conference also paid attention to a rediscovery of the Design Science tradition in enterprise information systems research.
The topic of this conference is of high importance to our changing economy. Information and Communication Technology is indeed changing our economy, shaping new business opportunities, and changing our world. In the years to come, information and communication technology will play an increasing strategic role in the value chain of companies. Entrepreneurs are challenged to create a performant ICT-strategy. That is why entrepreneurs should have access to objective information on ICT-themes and trends. So they can invest in the right ICT support and focus on the creation of added value.
Three major conclusions on the topic of ICT/ERP were confirmed at this conference:
Finally we wish to thank all speakers, participants, contributors, sponsors and partners of CONFENIS 2012. Thanks to all!
Registrationon Wednesday 19 September from 15 until 17 hour at Provinciaal Administratief Centrum ‘Het Zuid’ (picture), Woodrow Wilsonplein 2, Ghent
As an Electro-Mechanics Engineer he added studies on General Management at Vlerick School, followed by a few years of working with auditing firm Andersen Consulting (Systems Dept) where he was introduced in the basics of using IT/EDP in an organizational context. In 1968 he joined at Vlerick School of Management (Ghent University) a research-team on "Innovation with IT and Organization Structure". His studies at Harvard Business School (W.McFarlan , R.Nolan, J.McKenney) led to finishing his PhD-work on "Methodologies for Evaluation of Enterprise Information Systems". In 1980, he took assignment of being a professor in the domain of "Management of the ICT-Function" at Vlerick School of Management and at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration both at the Ghent University. After teaching and researching on e-Business he finished the last part of his career by focussing on research nad teaching in the the domain of Business Process Management. He has been teaching in the 80's for several longer assignments in Asian countries such as China (China-European MBA) ,
Thailand (Asian Institute of Technology) and Indonesia (Bandung Mgmt School).
He is Board Member of Belgian Professional ICT-Association SAI. Also Chairman FBVI-FAIB where he represents Belgian Professional ICT-Associations towards IFIP and towards CEPIS including towards European Computer Drivers' License in Belgium.
Head of Research and Development at the Innovation Value Institute (IVI) National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Apart from the on-going research and development commitments, as they relate to the IT-CMF, Stephen is focused on developing the IVI/ CC’s reputation as a leading centre for open-innovation research. This is dependent in no small way on the formation and coordination of a research community made up of academics and industry-embedded IT professionals. The ability to coordinate multiple research initiative across such a wide network will represent a significant capability rivalled by few longer established research organizations. As an academic Stephen’s research interests centre on understanding how organizations can develop effective performance-related knowledge transfer mechanisms. From a more pragmatic, action-orientated perspective Stephen has also lead research for IBM in the areas of identifying knowledge and innovation barriers within complex organizations, and developing frameworks for assessing service innovation capability. Stephen has published on the subjects of information management, knowledge transfer, service science, and service innovation in numerous academic and professional journals, such as the Journal of Knowledge Management, Journal of Business Strategy, the International Journal of Knowledge Management, and the European Management Journal to name a few.
Prior to joining IVI Stephen was the Deputy Director of the University of Glasgow’s Complex Service Innovation Research Network (CSIRN). In this role he was responsible for engaging with industry research partners in order to develop research initiatives around service innovation, and performance related knowledge transfer.
Prior to working with in academia, Stephen has spent over 20 years working in management positions in both the public and private sectors. His last role in Industry was with IBM, where he was responsible for the optimisation of their core fulfilment and supply chain processes across EMEA
Policy and Research Officer CEPIS
Dimitris Theodorakis holds an MA in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium and an MSc in European Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences in the United Kingdom. Dimitris Theodorakis was a Policy Officer in the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission and subsequently worked at the European Parliament as a Parliamentary Assistant. Dimitris Theodorakis joined CEPIS in 2011 in a Policy and Research Officer role. He has contributed to several European projects undertaken by CEPIS such as the EURO-INF Spread Project on the exploitation of Europe-wide Framework Standards and Accreditation Criteria in European informatics higher education, and the e-Skills and ICT Professionalism Project, ultimately aimed at fostering the competences of ICT practitioners and their mobility. He will address the need to enhance the adoption of the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) by the ICT sector in order to foster ICT professionalism, present the practical application tool developed by CEPIS on e-competences assessment, and the recently finished project on e-Skills and ICT Professionalism.
Economic advisor Agoria ICT
Patrick Slaets is Master of Arts in Economics from the K.U. Leuven (Belgium) and the Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands). He worked for 2 years as a research assistant at the K.U.Leuven in the field of Industrial Organization on the topic "the economic dynamics of globalization".
In june 1992, he joined the economic study department of Agoria, the federation of the technological industry. He covered the business cycle analysis, the financial analysis of the annual reports, the investment and innovation effort and the structural evolution of the Belgian technological industry. He also wrote reports on the effects of the Internet on the management of technological enterprises.
In november 1999, this lead to a a new step in his career. He became economic advisor for the ICT-sector within Agoria. He worked on several topics such as innovation, e-government, education, human resources management and last but not least the ICT labor market. In 2007 and 2008, he lead the Experia-project: a campaign to help children between 10 and 14 years to experience and practice some experiments in the field of science, technology and ICT.
Erik Guldentops, until 2010 Executive Professor at the Management School of the University of Antwerp (UAMS), an independent management consultant. He was a member of the boards of the IT Governance Institute and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) in different capacities from 1992 to 2006. He conceived the concepts of CobiT (Control Objectives for Information and related Technology) and has led the developments from 1992 to 2006 that made it into the internationally accepted standard for control and governance of IT. In 2004 also initiated the expansion of this standard beyond the concepts of risk and compliance into the field of IT value with the ValIT project.
On May 1st, 2001, Guldentops retired as director of security at SWIFT. He advised the executive on issues of information security, IT risk, e-trust and IT governance. He had global responsibilities for physical security, information security and business continuity reporting to the executive. Before that he was Chief Inspector, in charge of security audit at the international banking cooperative, reporting to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of SWIFT on issues of risk, control and security. This included responsibility for the operation of a trusted third party function to accommodate the needs for independent security and claim arbitration relative to electronic payments instructions in the banking industry. During that period (1986-1992) he also proposed, initiated and oversaw the development and deployment of the first worldwide public key infrastructure to support the banking industry’s requirement for secure authentication of financial transactions.
Guldentops joined SWIFT in the mid-1970s as a systems engineer, after holding technical supervisory positions in IT in major multinationals. He moved to the security office three years later, where he developed the trusted third party functions and set up the systems audit group. He became audit manager in the early 1980s and chief inspector in 1989. In that period he worked with the SWIFT Board in the development and deployment of rules for Responsibility and Liability in International Payments, and in the set up of governance practices for risk and security oversight. In 1995 he set up the corporate security function and initiated a five-year strategy to enhance and maintain his organisation’s leadership position in secure financial communications. This strategy is executed through a powerful blend of high technology, sophisticated risk management and advanced security awareness practices.
Guldentops is past president of the Benelux Chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), was programme chairman of ISACA’s European Computer Audit, Control and Security Conference and served as ISACA international executive vice president with responsibility for research. He has been a trustee of the board of ISACF for many years and directs ISACA's CobiT Project, with the objective to set an internationally accepted standard for control and governance over IT. The third edition of CobiT was published in 2000, and the fourth edition is underway. He recently led ISACA’s projects for the development of the Board Briefing on IT Governance and Information Security Governance: Guidance for Boards of Directors and Executive Management. He is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and has been a member of its Board of Research Advisors (BORA). He was instrumental in the renewed cooperation between ISACA and IIA, initiating the UNIX joint research project.
Guldentops holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in computer science and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) as well as a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). He frequently speaks at international conferences and has written several articles on the subjects of IT risk management, system reliability, network security, IT value management and IT governance. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2005 J.Wasserman Award for his overall contribution to the IT Audit profession and the 2000 J.Lainhart Award for his impact on the profession’s Common Body of Knowledge.
His current activities concentrate a few high level consulting relationships; on teaching university courses on the subjects of IT Risk management, control, audit and governance; running advanced seminars on IT governance, its implementation and assurance; briefing executives on the importance of IT governance and on advanced related research particularly in value delivery, risk management and performance measurement in cooperation with CIONet, a European organisation of CIO’s.
He also recently chaired the IT Audit Master of Science Accreditation Committee for the joint Belgian-Dutch Academic Authority.
Presentation on IT governance (Thursday 20 September 2012)
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The CONFENIS 2012 Conference is a joint effort of the Economic Council for East Flanders, the Ghent University and the IFIP TC8 Working Group 8.9 on Enterprise Information Systems.
The sixth International Conference on Research and Practical Issues of Enterprise Information Systems, CONFENIS 2012, will be held in Ghent, Belgium, September 19-21, 2012. CONFENIS, The Enterprise Information Systems International Conference on Research and Practical Issues of EIS, is a primary international event of the IFIP TC8 Working Group 8.9. This event provides an opportunity for academicians and practitioners throughout the world to gather, exchange ideas, and present original research in the field of enterprise information systems. Scientists and professionals are invited to address the current research topics in the area or the research frontier at this unique international forum.
Accepted papers will be published as full or short papers in a Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) volume by Springer. Chairman of the conference is prof. dr. Geert Poels, Professor in the rank of Senior lecturer, Department of Management Information and Operations Management, Ghent University.