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9TH European, Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS2012)
Munich, Germany, 7 – 8 June, 2012
www.emcis.org ‘Developing Scalable Information Systems in Turbulent Times’

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Trevor Wood-Harper, Manchester Business School, UK
Prof. Sung Joo Park, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

European and Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS2012)
Annual Conference & Doctoral Consortium

Conference: June, 7-8, 2012
PhD Consortium: June, 8, 2012

Venue: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, Munich


The 9th European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS), will be held in Munich this year. Being one of the premier conferences in Europe and Middle Eastern region the conference theorises and discusses technical, organisational, business and social issues in the application, performance, and evaluation of Information Technology especially in current turbulent and challenging environments. EMCIS 2012 offers a number of presentations and workshops covering several themes across parallel tracks proposing a diverse breadth of discussions and possible solutions regarding current global concerns. Accepted papers will be fully refereed and electronically published in the online conference proceedings ensuring knowledge sharing across the wider research community.

Theme: ‘Developing Scalable Information Systems in Turbulent Times’

The EMCIS conference committee takes this opportunity to extend an invitation to academics and practitioners in the field of IS and Business Management to submit their paper for its 9th annual conference held in Munich, Germany. The emphasis this year will be on theoretical and/or applied research relating IS to the different disciplines of corporate and academic services offering solutions and discussing challenges facing organisations and governments in the present and anticipated turbulent times.

Selected papers will be considered for publication in:
– Journal of Enterprise Information Management (JEIM)
– Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy (TG:PPP)
– International Journal of Value Chain Management (IJVCM)
– International Journal of Business Information Systems (IJBIS)
Conference Tracks:

? Track – Enterprise Systems in Organisations

o Chair: Dr. Ahmed Elragal, German University in Cairo, Egypt

? Track – Very Large Business Applications

o Chair: Schr?dl, Otto-von-guerik in Magdeburg, Germany

? Track – Information Systems for Production & Supply Chain Management

o Chair: Dr. Christian Gahm, University of Augsburg, Germany

? Track – Citizen Oriented eGovernment Services

o Chair: Dr. Habin Lee, Brunel University, UK

? Track – Service Oriented Architectures

o Chair: Dr. Marinos Themistocleous, University of Piraeus, Greece

o Chair: Dr. Paulo Rupino Cunha, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

? Track – eGovernment & IT in Public Sector

o Chair: Dr. Muhammad Kamal, Brunel University, UK

? Track – IT in Healthcare

o Chair: Dr. Vasiliki Mantzana, University of Piraeus, Greece

? Track – Social and Culture Issues of Information Systems

o Chair: Dr. Sofiane Tebboune, Manchester University, UK

? Track – Management and Organisational Issues in Information systems

o Chair: Dr. Vincenzo Morabito Bocconi University, Italy

? Track – E-Business, E-commerce and E-Marketing

o Chair: Dr. Hany Ismail, German University in Cairo, Egypt

? Track – E-learning and Knowledge Management

o Chair: Dr. Ahmed Mouradi, Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport, Egypt

? Track – Accounting Information Systems

o Chair: Dr. Mohamed El-Baradei, Elhosn University, UAE

? Track – Sustainable Information systems

o Chair: Dr. Natasha Papazafeiropoulou, Brunel University, UK
Important Dates:



? CAMERA READY COPY: March 15, 2012




Submissions Guidelines:
For more information about the submission guidelines, format and templates please visit: www.emcis.org


Conference Foundation Chair:
Prof. Zahir Irani, Brunel University

Conference Chairs:
Prof. Ralf Kllischewski, German University in Cairo, Egypt
Holger Schr?dl, Otto-von-guerike in Magdeburg, Germany
Dr. Ahmad Ghoneim, Brunel University, UK

Conference Executive Committee

Dr. Sarmad AlShawi, Brunel University, UK – (Arrangements Chair)
Dr. Maged Ali, Brunel University, UK – (Program Chair)
Dr. Inas Ezz, German University in Cairo, Egypt – (Publications Chair)
Dr. Muhammad Kamal, Brunel University, UK – (Website Coordinator)
Dr. Wafi Al-Karaghouli, Brunel University, UK – (Public Relations Chair)

Doctoral Consortium

Prof. Tony Elliman, Brunel University, UK

International Committee

Prof. Klaus Turowski, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdebeurg, Germany
Prof. Peter Love, Curtin University, Australia
Dr. Marinos Themistocleous, University of Piraeus, Greece
Dr. Fletcher Glancy, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, USA
Dr. Alexander Richter, Universit?t der Bundewehr Munich, Germany
Dr. Georg Wiedemann, Provanta AG, Germany
Dr. Ahmed Mouradi, Arab Academy for Science and Technology, Egypt
Prof. Kathrin Moeslein, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
Dr. Sevgi ?zkan, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Written by Ritchi

October 27th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Posted in Information System

Do[t] Anything

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Imagine the world wide web with infinite identification where everyone can put whatever they want as their internet domain naming address, virtually everything. Now, it is no more imagination. You really can put any name you want, for instance as www.business.ritchi. Or for governmental area, you can simply type www.trade.paris. Or for education purpose, you can use www.children.kindergaten..

After a series of long discussion and debate between internet communities, business groups, and governments, the decision was made on Monday, 20 June 2011 to enter a new order of top-level-domain management ever. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that coordinates the Internet’s addressing system, approved to increase number of domains that can be used for any industry, community or interest group for their specific needs from that previously limited to only some domain like dot.com, dot.org, dot.net, dot.info or dot.biz. Ratification made by ICANN now provides users more choices to apply name for their own generic top-level domains (gTLDs).

Obviously, this whole new ways of addressing domain will bring impact on the way people search and use information. For trademark holders this ruling would make their brand, innovation or process are more protected by ensuring more authenticity and authorization power for their properties. From now on, no one will be allowed to apply for a particular name, such as dot.Ritchi, without written approval from me. For a local or a specific country, like Thailand, who wants to utilize more internet activity delivered in their local language, gTLD will enable them to their own language structure, not only English.

gTLDs implementation is also seen as a way to prevent or to reduce cybersquatting activities. Value of cybersquatting would be greatly reduced as no logical need for bad faith squatters to keep such dot.something to further sell it to another party with marginal cost. Reflecting the dot.com burst back in 2000, we have seen how many unreliable (or perhaps unrealistic) dot.com start ups failed to show real business value due to unproven business plan. These young IT folks sold huge number of non substantial unbacked business domains to some sloppy venture capitalists in exchange for stock to make them new billionaires. And the trend continued, at least to some degree until gTLDs endorsement, with the selling of variety of these dot.coms/orgs/nets/etc which bears little meaning to the squatters (but great value to real business)to subsequently sell them to companies or groups with high prices.

With such promising merits offered by gTLD, it would be a worth move to get the new domain. But no pain no gain. In order to obtain your dreamed domain name, you have to dig out your wallet a way out deeper. ICANN requires any interested group to spend $185,000 to subscribe for their desired domain. This big investment does not come with unsubstantiated reason. One of ICANN’s argument is that it needs to cover application processing expenses and providing service for litigation and any related issues might arise. From applicant side, this would entail a detailed business plan, clear IT strategy especially in B2B, and likely a ready legal policy to tackle competition and ownership issues. This indicates how serious and fully-controlled the organization and of this new domain naming system will be.

Nevertheless, with such big opportunity, and big money too, there is still challenge in dispute over who will be the most proper one to be entitled with particular domain. For example, there may be a conflict over the use of dot.ritchi between me and the other guy in some US state. If this occurs, auction to the highest bidder will likely be done to overcome the dispute. Auction means more money, and I ain’t got that huge bucks though. So perhaps I will let this other hamzah ritchi to win. C’est la vie.

Some analysts voice some concern over a predicted decline in traffic, and consequently profits, of search engine industry. Under the new system, users are likely to by pass google or yahoo to get their specific needs. They do not have to think what queries to type in search field as they can straightforwardly go to their destination which they knew already. But as Lenny Kravitz said, it ain’t over ’till it over. I will not take a hurried opinion to judge whether Google with its entire kingdom, will diminish.

According to the site, ICANN will soon begin a global campaign to tell the world about this dramatic change in Internet names and to raise awareness of the opportunities afforded by new gTLDs. Applications for new gTLDs will be accepted from 12 January 2012 to 12 April 2012. For quick introduction, a seven minutes video of the coming gTLDs is available here or in the organization’s homepage. A new platform emerges for everyone to grab and monetize opportunity in digital environment, and that the internet is all about, to do[t]anything.

Written by Ritchi

July 17th, 2011 at 8:44 am

Some nice BPMN resources – 1

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I somehow just hope the emergence of yet-another conceptual models would slow down and eventually vanish. No kidding, this whole variety of diagramming techniques (or grammars, languages, scripts) sometime gets me into my nerves. Just stick with standardized model and dig knowledge would have been better I suppose.

Anyway, quoting from the resource directly, please read this fine reference (at least for me as newbie). There will be more to feed.

Join this group if you want to discuss with BPMN lovers, haters, users and experts about how to use BPMN for (business) process modeling. Do you have any best practices or experience reports about BPMN? Is something in the BPMN specification unclear? Do you have a BPMN model you want to discuss? Here is the perfect BPMN Community place to post all those questions and ideas!

BPMN Community.

Written by Ritchi

July 12th, 2011 at 8:31 am

BPMN Self Training

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Hi Guys,

I’ve been quite a while searching for some popular websites or communities where I can learn process model for my study. Learning of something is a lot faster when you have people in the same interests together sharing our stuff. Coping with widely accepted standardized process models such bpmn, it would be best to get skilled by joining such communities in complement of self learning.

So finally I manage to find some useful websites where I can learn better and instantly without having the software downloaded and run in your local laptop. Yes, they are on web and for free (everyone’s need I guess) with some registration to sign up. But they are woth trying. Some of them are hosted by bpmn community for academical and training purpose, and some are run by commercial providers but giving the software for free. There, have fun play around making models and gain more skill in process models with an easy drag and drop feature right in your web browser.

The list obviously does not cover the whole resources though, in fact it’s only a few. But, as world wide web is a place with unlimited resources, I would be more than happy if you would also share for all of us. To me as beginner, these sites give me enough basics, and more importantly facilitate my need for upgrading my process modeling skill. It is neither on alphabetically order nor of importance consideration. I just write them down as per my own intuitive feeling. Oh yeah, another thing, as I use my computing needs with mac, there might be some resources which can only run in Mac OS, but maybe can also run in Windows.

1. BPMN Community. Run by researchers at Business Process Technology Group of Hasso Plattner Institut, University of Potsdam, the BPMN-Community is an open and free platform for the exchange around the Business Process Modeling Notation. Registration is required. There, you will meet another member, and if I we’re lucky, we can contact and make correspondence with expert about some particular modeling issue. You can also create tutorial and some reference for other member. The latest version of BPMN (2.0), is provided.

2. Oryx Project. I am not sure, but it appears that this site is also managed by HPI. So when you select edit model menu in BPMN-Community environment, you will be directed to here. But by knowing the URI, you can immediately go to the editor. Doesn’t matter which way is better. The important stuff about it is, that you can access and modify huge collection of bpmn models stored there. You can, of course, create your own model. Like BPMN Community, you need to have id. Besides BPMN version which spans 1.0 to 2.0, it also give you many collection of other diagrams.

3. Oryx Project for BPMN 2.0. It is the specialized version for bpmn 2.0. The whole environment is the same.

4. Iyopro. This is actually a compony with freeware. It is great for those who want to feel a more “Window” atmosphere, because the software is design to be deployed as if you operate in Window. The artifacts provided are the latest version of BPMN 2.0. Membership is required.

5. yED Graph Editor. It actually a software with download approach. But in the website, they provide option to launch the software. As I’m not really aware of Java, the launch edition is actually operating with java web start technology. So you are not really working in a website look. Beside that, the graph editor is not exclusively for bpmn. And another disadvantage (relative to the other previous tools above) is that it uses bpmn 1.0, not the latest. But, for novice like me, I feel sufficed with yED. The only thing you have to manage is a little bit patience, as java web start will operate at your machine before it launch the editor.

That is all what I got. Feel free to broadcast further, and of course I would also be happy if you would share with me.

Written by Ritchi

July 12th, 2011 at 8:26 am

Applying application control with COSO and COBIT reference

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Here is one of my paper written ( in Indonesia) for academic journal initially performed with my other three friends. Thx to Deni, Ina, and Darwin for the excellent team. I guess it’s a good idea to be able to discuss control in accounting information system context.

It can be seen that we can adopt COSO’s control principle while at the same time, reconcile it with CobiT reference. Only, to comply with CobiT control calls for further refinement in developing the application control. Hence, this write up attempts to bring up some idea to fit the COSO into CobiT (or vice versa).

Anyway here’s the abstract.

Business process analysis has been found in many literatures as a mean of a well developed accounting information system. Application control exists as one of its core component. This paper investigates the business process analysis to understand application control better by embracing combination of COSO and COBIT control frameworks. Case study was conducted in a Singapore-based small furniture trading company. The author employed several process modeling tools such as flowchart,logical data flow diagram and control matrix along with the explanation to obtain richer and more understandable picture of current business process.

By matching COSO-oriented control objective for operation and information process with COBIT-based control objective at application level, a number of presented and missed control are detected within order entry to sales business process as improvement requirements for the company’s internal control activities. It can be concluded that adopting internal control analysis with COSO and COBIT control framework to business process provides practical way to attaining IT governance.

Furthermore, combination of flowchart and control matrix brings about effective communication between management and accounting information system professionals.

Keyword: Internal Control, Business Process, COSO, COBIT, Flowchart

and here’s the full version

Written by Ritchi

July 22nd, 2009 at 12:53 am

What..the end of the RDBMS?

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Can’t give opinion on this, just check it out…sourced from this link

The End of a DBMS Era (Might be Upon Us)

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Relational database management systems (DBMSs) have been remarkably successful in capturing the DBMS marketplace. To a first approximation they are “the only game in town,” and the major vendors (IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft) enjoy an overwhelming market share. They are selling “one size fits all”; i.e., a single relational engine appropriate for all DBMS needs. Moreover, the code line from all of the major vendors is quite elderly, in all cases dating from the 1980s. Hence, the major vendors sell software that is a quarter century old, and has been extended and morphed to meet today’s needs. In my opinion, these legacy systems are at the end of their useful life. They deserve to be sent to the “home for tired software.”

Here’s why.

If we examine the nontrivial-sized DBMS markets, it turns out that current relational DBMSs can be beaten by approximately a factor of 50 in most any market I can think of. What follows are a few examples.

In the data warehouse market, a column store beats a row store by approximately a factor of 50 on typical business intelligence queries. The reason is because column stores read only the columns of interest to the query and not all of them. In addition, compression is more effective in a column store. Since the legacy systems are all row stores, they are vulnerable to competition from the newer column stores. The interested reader can start with “C-Store: A Column-oriented DBMS” to explore this topic further.

In the online transaction processing (OLTP) market, a lightweight main memory DBMS beats a row store by a factor of 50. Leveraging main memory and the fact that no DBMS application will send a message to a human user in the middle of a transaction, allows an OLTP DBMS to run transactions to completion with no resource contention or locking overhead. The interested reader can start with “The End of an Architectural Era (It’s Time for a Complete Rewrite)” to explore this topic further.

In the science DBMS market, users have never liked relational DBMSs and want a non-relational model and query facility. This was the topic of my last ACM blog, “DBMSs for Science Applications: A Possible Solution.”

If you are storing Resource Description Framework (RDF) data, which is popular in the bio community and elsewhere, then “Scalable Semantic Web Data Management Using Vertical Partitioning” points out that column stores are very good at certain RDF workloads. In addition, other ideas, such as “RDF-3X: A Risc-style engine for RDF,” will beat conventional DBMSs in other situations. Lastly, native RDF engines (e.g., Virtuoso, Sesame, and Jena) may well gain traction. The point is that something else will beat conventional row stores in this market.

Text applications have never used relational DBMSs. This was pointed out to me most clearly by Eric Brewer nearly 15 years ago in the early days of Inktomi. He wanted to use a relational DBMS to store the results of Web crawling, but found RDBMS to be two orders of magnitude slower than a home-brew system. All the major Web-search engines use home-brew text software to serve us search results. None use relational DBMSs.

Even in XML, where the current major vendors have spent a great deal of energy extending their engines, it is claimed that specialized engines, such as Mark Logic or Tamino, run circles around the major vendors, according to a private communication by Dave Kellogg.

In summary, one can leverage at least the following ideas to get superior performance:

A non-relational data model. If the user’s data is naturally something other than tables and if simulating his natural data model on top of tables is awkward, then chances are that a native implementation of the natural data model will significantly outperform a conventional RDBMS. This is certainly true in scientific data.

A different implementation of tables. If something other than a row store accelerates the user’s queries, then a direct implementation of the relational model using non-row store technology will run circles around a conventional RDBMS. This is true in the data warehouse marketplace.

A different implementation of transactions. Current row stores give you a “one size fits all” implementation of transactions. This can be radically beaten if a user has lesser requirements or if the system can take advantage of workload specific features. This is true in the OLTP marketplace.

One of these characteristics is true in every market I can think of. Hence, in my opinion, the days of a “one size fits all” monolithic DBMS are at an end. The replacement will be a collection of vertical market specific engines, with much higher performance.

You might ask, “What if I don’t care about performance?” The answer: Run one of the open source relational DBMSs. They are mature, reliable, and, best of all, they are free.

You might also ask, “I am dug in deep with my current vendor(s). What do I do?” The answer: Take some portion of your DBMS budget and allocate it to new solutions. Over time, you will move onto better technology.


Michael Stonebraker et al., “C-Store: A Column-oriented DBMS,” Proc 2005 VLDB Conference, Trondheim, Norway, Sept. 2005.

Michael Stonebraker et al., “The End of an Architectural Era (It’s Time for a Complete Rewrite)” Proc 2007 VLDB Conference, Vienna, Austria, Sept. 2007.

Dan Abadi et al., “Scalable Semantic Web Data Management Using Vertical Partitioning,” Proc. 2007 VLDB Conference, Vienna, Austria, Sept. 2007.

Thomas Neumann et al., “RDF-3X: A Risc-style engine for RDF,” Proc VLDB Endowment, 1(1): 647-659 (2008)

Written by Ritchi

July 22nd, 2009 at 12:29 am

Posted in Information System

The power of community 2.0

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Did you ever feel that every pieces of your footstep in your life at a point in time may at least lead you to a wiser and bigger meaning of something? well I maybe one of those who thinks that way. I see that mailing list and my reading during the last two weeks lead me to to start understanding how collaborative working can rule the new competition.

I’ve been reading this cool book for about two weeks from the first day I bought it at a bookstore in Bandung. Oh yeah, I forget. Anyway, the book is entitled Wikinomics. Pretty eye catching for an impulse book reader like me by just looking at the cover. Though I read its Indonesian translated version, the message is pretty clear and delivered nicely. It’s a pity that I’m in the middle of my peak time to finalize some stuff for the end of January.
Authored by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams, the book is promising a new look of how information society revolutionizes. It’s not food company vs food company anymore. It’s not also rivalry between two competing value chains. It’s way bigger than that. What happened now is global competition. I’m not talking global in a “multinational” or “enterprise-wide” sense, but global in the sense that all people are powered by the new version of the little e- (e-business, e-commerce, e-money, e-banking) to enhance new innovation, new product and even bigger, a new paradigm. Collaboration, seems to be the most looked up buzzword to define how people are now enabled to create a new kind of working style, dumping self and license protected product and services.Whole range of collaborations now exist to demonstrate the capability of shared-working: blogs, wikis, peering, open source application, and to my knowledge, mailing list.

In Indonesia, the wave of collaboration is also moving on. I realize the going by looking how community media is having its evolution. From 20 mailing list I have been joining so far, at least now I’m part of some mailing lists that serve for certain domain of knowledge. One community/mailing list, KOM-TEK, stands for KOMputer TEKnologi, is an Indonesian -based mailing list dedicating for improving the member skill. It is a place where few humble and IS experienced people are dedicating themselves for the development of Indonesia human resources, especially in ERP and other enterprise application. They hold ranges of free ERP trainings given that internet connection is available. As a result, now more people are coming that are competitive for ERP human resources market after they graduate from the training.

Another mailing list, IPOM-APICS are opening opportunity for those who are interested in industrial engineering and its related field. The mailing list is associated with APICS (a non profit organization that offers three internationally recognized professional certification programs:CPIM – Certified in Production and Inventory Management, CFPIM – Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management, and CSCP – Certified Supply Chain Professional designation. Since its formation, the mailing list has been able to provide its member access to knowledge in operation management.
Having read this, I guess it’s not impossible to create new innovation from this community controlled area. And that’s what I call the power of community.

Written by Ritchi

February 27th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Posted in Information System