SEAFOOD proceedings (Springer page)
SEAFOOD, the Third International Conference on Software Engineering Approaches For Offshore and Outsourced Development (SEAFOOD) was held at ETH Zurich, Switzerland on July 2-3 2009.
Many thanks to all those who made SEAFOOD 2009 possible. The present site remains available as a source of information on SEAFOOD 2009.
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Mathai Joseph, Tata Consultancy Services
Bertrand Meyer, ETH Zurich
Companies have been outsourcing areas of software development work for many years, either because of the engineering challenges or because the outsourced aspect is not central to their core business. A profound transformation has been affecting this model over recent years: a massive transfer of development activities from the US and Europe to a skilled labour force in service-providing countries. This transformation has been driven by the demands of a global business climate seeking to increase the value delivery of IT investment. However, the ability to realise this value can prove problematic in practice. Of particular concern are the hidden costs of globally distributed models of working, such as understanding and communicating the true business needs across organisational and cultural boundaries.
To address such issues, offshore outsourcing needs quite different support from in-house development and this means adapting familiar techniques, processes and tools to this setting, as well as perhaps creating innovative new ones. Coupled with this industry transformation there is hence a pressing need to re-examine those software engineering approaches that either facilitate or impede this model of working. With an inevitable focus on the economy in 2009, business decisions regarding the sourcing of software development projects will come under close scrutiny. It will become increasingly critical to design global partnerships that both clarify cost/benefits and enable delivery on business needs.
The aim of the SEAFOOD series of conferences is to examine offshore and outsourced software development from a software engineering perspective. It strives to:
SEAFOOD is co-located with TOOLS EUROPE, so the use of object technology, component-based and/or model-based software development in globally distributed settings is a synergistic theme.
SEAFOOD 2009 aims to provide an intimate, highly structured and interactive forum for its participants, so it will be organising pre-assigned discussants for the various conference sessions. SEAFOOD 2009 also plans to organise an industry round table and an educational exchange forum for interested participants. Emerging tools for offshore and outsourced software development may be showcased to align with TOOLS EUROPE.
This year, we particularly invite papers that focus on processes, techniques and tools to understand, communicate and deliver on business needs in globally distributed software projects.
Broader topics of interest include, but are certainly not limited to, the following dimensions of globally distributed software projects:
For any information please contact:
seafood AT se.inf.ethz.ch.
The proceedings of SEAFOOD will be a volume in the Springer in the LNBIP series.