1st International Workshop on

Enterprise Architecture for

Service Enablement

(EASE 2007)

in conjunction with The Eleventh IEEE International

EDOC Conference (EDOC 2007)

"The Enterprise Computing Conference"

15th October 2007, Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A.
EDOC 2007
Submission Guidelines
Important Dates
Organising Committee


EASE 2007, 15th October, Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A



About the Workshop 

Service enabled enterprises have a competitive edge in the marketplace due to their increased agility and responsiveness. For these organizations, the combination of loosely coupled services coordinated via well defined processes provides an enabling execution framework. These organizations embrace a Service Oriented Computing (SOC) perspective, which harnesses the interoperability of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), the flexibility of Business Process Management (BPM) and the efficient tooling related to Service Oriented Development of Applications (SODA). While many organizations have conceptually accepted SOC, transitioning to a service oriented model across the enterprise can be a daunting undertaking.

Architecture is "the fundamental organization of a system, embodied in its components, their relationships to each other and the environment, and the principles governing its design and evolution" (ANSI/IEEE Std 1471-2000). The increasing maturity of SOA standards and infrastructure is accelerating the adoption of SOC strategies in diverse industry segments like insurance, finance, healthcare, hospitality, et al. In this environment, the importance of enterprise architecture has increased due to the realization that a collection of well engineered siloed applications need a unifying vision to become a service enabled product suite.

SOC has increased the importance of Enterprise Architecture (EA). As noted in the book titled, Enterprise Architecture as Strategy (Ross, Weill, Robertson), EA unites the core business processes and IT infrastructure to construct a foundation for business execution. For this reason, some communities are promoting the idea of using EA to help manage the transition from an enterprise-wide perspective. Although logical, best practice has yet to emerge to help guide the enterprise architect in this journey.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to share experiences in developing enterprise- wide SOC solutions and/or strategic plans for enterprise migration toward SOC. The workshop intends to address questions about the nature and features of service-oriented architectures, business process management systems and the challenges of adopting these technologies in an enterprise-wide program.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Leadership lessons conveying SOC tenants to the enterprise
  • Identification and establishment of EA competencies in a services world
  • Organizational lessons learned in transitioning to SOA/BPM solutions
  • The impact of SOC on the management and constructions of EAs
  • EA's role in creating the business case for SOC
  • EA's role in communicating and coordinating business and infrastructure transformation
  • The role of EA in establishing a governance framework
  • Enterprise security and identity management in service infrastructure design
  • Information Services as a data integration backplane
  • The design of applications and services for Business Process Management
  • Operation, administration, and management of SOC solutions
  • Guidelines for measurement and use of Service-Oriented Maturity Models

Submission Guidelines and Workshop Format

To enable lively and productive discussions, submission of a paper or a position statement is required. All submissions will be formally peer reviewed. 

Submissions should be 4 to 8 pages long in IEEE Computer Society format and include the author's name, affiliation and contact details. A package with formatting instructions and a template for Word and style files for Latex is available here.

Submissions should be prepared in PDF format and be submitted via the workshop's submission page at: http://www.easychair.org/EASE07/

At least one author of accepted papers is expected to participate in the Workshop.

The duration of the Workshop is one day. The Workshop will be divided into two main sessions (morning and afternoon). The first session will be dedicated to the brief presentation of papers, initial discussions, and the joint identification of specific issues that participants consider to be of particular relevance and deserving further joint analysis. These issues will be discussed in groups during the afternoon, closing the Workshop with one hour wrap-up session dedicated to drawing the Workshop's conclusions, identifying the open issues, and outlining some future work.

Important Dates

Paper submission: 7 July 2007
Author notification: 11 August 2007
Camera-ready: 20 August 2007
Workshop date: 15 October 2007

Organizing Committee

John A. Anderson, Mitre Corporation (USA)
M. Brian Blake, Georgetown University (USA)
Paul Buhler, College of Charleston (USA)
Michael Huhns, University of South Carolina (USA)
Steven Robbins, Benefitfocus.com (USA)

Program Committee (to be announced)

     URL: http://stono.cs.cofc.edu/~pbuhler/EASE-EDOC2007