TCBIS Chair Election
Candidate Hui Lei
It is an exciting time to work in business informatics and systems, as the community is presented with both opportunities and challenges. Enterprises and their IT systems are a critical element of our rapidly developing digital society. There is an ongoing need to push towards new frontiers of business modeling, automation, monitoring and analytics technologies, in order to evolve enterprise applications and exercise business controls more effectively. Furthermore, advances in IT have given rise to new paradigms of enterprise computing: socially synergistic business processes, integration of cloudhosted and on-premise enterprise applications, real-world-aware business solutions, and business intelligence driven by big data, just to name a few. It is indeed gratifying that business informatics is a fertile ground for research with potential for immense and tangible impact on society. On the other hand, the multi-disciplinary and crosscutting nature of business informatics has led to seemingly substantial overlaps between our community and some other communities. It is important that we clearly define our technical identity and core competencies as a community, and foster the continued growth of the community.
- Promoting partnerships across academia, industry, and government. The TC is in a uniquely advantageous position to facilitate the interaction among various segments of the community. We should nourish innovative academic research and help draw connections to industry applications. We should engage industry in identifying grand research challenges and validating research results, in order to maintain the relevance and value of our field. We should also increase the visibility of our community to government funding agencies, enhance our reputation with them, and provide input on the creation of research programs at the national and international levels.
- Nurturing the next generation of researchers and practitioners. The future of our community lies in the young researchers and practitioners, and we need to actively engage them. We should attract them to the field by providing them with stimulating forums and motivating them with significant technical challenges and potential for profound impact. We should make community events more accessible to them by consciously involving young professionals and reducing the financial burden for student participation. In addition, we should offer enriched educational opportunities through mechanisms such as tutorials, short courses, and doctoral consortia.
- Providing high-quality outlets for technical work. Highly selective conferences are essential services to the members of our community. They are vital to retaining current members as well as recruiting new members. We should help grow our conferences in both their reach and quality. We should be able to crisply articulate the different focuses of our main conferences, so that they complement one another for the most part and collectively cover the wide spectrum of research themes in our area. We should continuously adapt our conferences to serve the evolving needs of community members, while preserving the distinctness of our community.