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Workshop on Business Intelligence Methodologies and Applications (BIMA'08)
(October 22-24, 2008, Xi'an, China; held in conjunction with ICEBE 2008)

Theme: On-Demand Business Intelligence and Beyond

Business intelligence (BI) is evolving: from the traditional data-and-analysis exercise for supporting management decisions to an integral part of business processes, providing analysis for a wide range of users across an organization.

With the recent advent of web intelligence, service computing, and Web 2.0 technologies, on-demand intelligence is available. In the context of business processes and value chains, this enables more agile service and functionality customization to be provided to the various stakeholders involved. The fast development of social media is complementing this trend. It leads to on-line market intelligence (MI) empowered BI systems, which can be derived from the dynamics of users' opinions embedded in blogs or online communities. How MI and BI can readily be integrated in an accurate and reliable way, be turned into intellectual assets for an organization, and be properly utilized to result in competitive advantages is worth further attention.

Furthermore, managing business processes across organizational boundaries poses its own set of challenges, ranging from collaboration to competition. Questions to address in the context of BI include for example: how should the collaborative notion of business intelligence be defined identified and explored in such cross-organizational scenarios; what kind of tools can be used; what kind of new business value can be created; as well as how the newly emerging risks be managed respectively controlled?

This workshop provides a forum for academic researchers, BI solution developers, business analyst, and corporate management to present their latest findings on BI Methodologies and Applications. The paper acceptance will hence be based on the relevancy, originality, elegancy, technical correctness, evaluation completeness and clarity. We will put more weighting on the first two evaluation criteria in order to encourage more innovative ideas and works.

Topics include (but not limited to):

  1. Fundamental issues on BI:
    • Data cleaning, pre-processing, extraction and reporting
    • OLAP and data warehousing
    • Database enabled data mining
    • Decision analysis and causal modelling
    • BI cycle, model specification/selection/estimation
    • Knowledge discovery from unstructured/semi-structured information
    • Supply chain integration through data warehousing
    • Data warehouse architecture
  2. Contemporary BI challenges:
    • Platforms for on-demand and mobile BI
    • BI solutions for small-to-medium enterprises (e.g., SaaS)
    • Semantic Web and ontology-based methods for BI
    • Online trust and reputation management
    • Online customer behaviour analysis
    • Collaborative notion of intelligence and BI
    • Market/collective intelligence from social media
    • Social and collaborative BI tools
    • Consumer and business communities empowered BI
    • Organizational BI and collaborative business
    • Adoption and diffusion of radically new BI methods and applications in organizations
    • BI in virtual communities and virtual organizations
    • Intangible versus tangible assets for organizational BI
    • Intellectual asset management and knowledge sharing in BI
    • Digital business ecosystems and BI
    • Risk management within BI
    • Business process management within BI
Papers must be submitted electronically. The format of submitted papers should follow the guidelines for the IEEE conference proceedings, limited to 6 pages. All papers will be peer reviewed by at least three reviewers. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings of the ICEBE 2008 by the IEEE CS Press. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper must register as a full participant of the workshop to have the paper published in the proceedings. Please submit papers in PDF format through the following link:
URL: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bima08

Important Dates
  • Abstract registration deadline: 25 April, 2008
  • Paper submission: 9 May, 2008
  • Notification of acceptance: 25 June, 2008
  • William K. Cheung
    Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
    william at comp.hkbu.edu.hk
  • Archim Karduck
    Furtwangen University, Germany
    karduck at fh-furtwangen.de
  • Dickson K.W. Chiu
    Dickson Computer Systems, Hong Kong
    dickson at ieee.org
  • Paul Bannerman, NICTA, Australia
  • Robert Biuk-Aghai, University of Macau, China
  • Elizabeth Chang, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
  • Ernesto Damiani, University of Milan, Italy
  • Farookh Hussain, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
  • Jun-Jang Jeng, IBM T.J. Watson, USA
  • Magdy Kabeil, University of Sharjah, UAE
  • Eleanna Kafeza, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
  • Mohamed Khalifa, Abu Dhabi University, UAE
  • Thomas Y Kwok, IBM Research, USA
  • Elaine Lawrence, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Fion S. Lee, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China
  • Huiye Ma, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, The Netherlands
  • Wolfgang Maass, University of Furtwangen, Germany
  • Alfredo Milani, University of Perugia, Italy
  • Herve Pingaud, Ecole des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux, France
  • Waltraut Ritter, Knowledge Management Forum, Hong Kong, China
  • Jennifer Sampson, NICTA, Australia
  • Susumu Shirayama, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Yain-Whar Si, University of Macau, Macau
  • Miguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcala,Spain
  • Amadou Sienou, Ecole des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux, France
  • Katarina Stanoevska, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Fritz Steimer, University of Furtwangen, Germany
  • Christian Wagner, City University of Hong Kong, China
  • Maggie M. Wang, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Man-Leung Wong, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Man Lung Yiu, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Junni Zhang, Peking University, China
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