About WEA2015

WEA – International Workshop on Software Ecosystem Architectures

The WEA Workshop series is a venue for both practitioners and researchers discussing problems, solutions and lessons learned related to software development in the context of multiple systems which are inter-dependent, interrelated or integrated. The goal of the workshop series is to define challenges and find solutions for managers, engineers, integrators, and architects who work in such open-source or industrial ecosystems.


Software ecosystems are becoming increasingly pervasive, leading to new research, management, and engineering challenges. Opening product architectures and platforms for third parties, designing closed innovation networks among partners through APIs and SDKs, coordinating multiple platforms, or participative engineering across organizational borders are all variants of ecosystems that come with their own opportunities and threats at the same time. IWSECO and WEA aim to further increase the body of knowledge about software ecosystems by providing a forum to exchange ideas and discuss the most recent innovations, trends and experiences in the field. They aim to build and shape the community of leading practitioners and research experts by providing forums for the exchange of research results and industrial practice in software ecosystems. Co-organizing IWSECO and WEA will provide a venue for practitioners and researchers to share their lessons learned in two cross-cutting aspects of software ecosystems: (1) business and social and (2) architecture and technology. The co-organization allows us to attract and involve a larger group of interested participants from the software architecture community.

IWSECO and WEA are organized as one-day co-located workshops. IWSECO will cover business and social topics related to software ecosystems and WEA will focus on software architecture and technical topics. We will have invited keynote talks and short presentations (around 15 min) of accepted papers. We will create an interactive event, comprising the discussion of papers, break-out groups, and open plenary discussions. We will have one joint EasyChair submission site and one joint program committee.


Fostering Technical Excellence – We envision a high-quality technical program due a thorough reviewing process. Participants can expect to benefit from interesting and fruitful discussions, exchange their experiences, meet researchers working in the same area, and make new friends. The technical program shall cover a wide range of current research that pertains to multiple ecosystem perspectives: business, social , technology and architecture.

Sharing Knowledge – IWSECO and WEA 2015 will be a venue where both practitioners and researchers will discuss problems, solutions and share lessons learned related to software engineering, design, operation, collaboration and governance in the context of software ecosystems.

Growing the Community – By the co-organization of the two workshops we aim at growing and shaping the young community of leading practitioners and research experts on software ecosystems and sustaining the success of past workshop Editions.


We solicit submissions on technical topics related to scaling system architecture to the level of software ecosystems. What are relevant methods, processes, techniques and/or tools for architecting at scale? Which technical strategies are required to cope with the complexity of ecosystem architectures? How can architectural concepts assure end-to-end quality across system borders while keeping maintenance and evolution of the comprising systems independent from each other? What kind of capabilities do we need in terms of tools to analyze software ecosystems statically or monitor/diagnose them at run time?

  • Experience reports on best practices in ecosystem design, modeling and architectures
  • Case studies of ecosystem architectures and their evolution
  • Engineering methods for the design and documentation of evolving ecosystem architectures
  • App architectures and app orchestration
  • Tools for inter-system static and/or dynamic analysis, visualization, and monitoring
  • And everything that enables to scale architectures up to the level of software ecosystems!


Information on previous editions of the workshop can be found at the WEA History.


All accepted papers will be published as electronic ECSA Workshop Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library. We welcome both research and industry papers. They must be original and not submitted to or accepted by any other workshop, conference or journal. Papers should not exceed 6 pages. Authors of accepted papers are required to register for the workshop and attend the Workshop.
Submissions must follow the ACM SIG Proceedings Style. Templates can be downloaded at http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates.


For all details please refer to the website of European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2015).