** Detailed information on accomodation and transportation available.

** The European Patent Office is the Silver Sponsor of ICSOB-13. See featured talk.

** The International Software Product Management Association is our Bronze Sponsor.


The 4th International Conference on Software Business will be held on June 11-14, 2013 at the University of Potsdam. ICSOB 2013 addresses researchers and practitioners, who are concerned with software business in different ways as well as the start-up community, which is increasingly focusing on mobile and social software.

Theme: From Physical Products to Software Services and Solutions

Advancements in the software industry have had a substantial impact not only on productivity and on GDP growth globally, but also on our daily work and live. Moreover there is a noticeable spillover within other industries (e.g. manufacturing) enabling new business models: companies bundle their physical products and software services into solutions (e.g. using subscription models) and start to sell independent software products in addition to physical products. Software business refers to commercial activities in and around the software industry, aimed at generating income from the delivery of software products and software services. Although the software business shares common features with other international knowledge-intensive businesses, it carries many inherent features making it a challenging domain for research. In particular software companies have to depend on one another to deliver a unique value proposition to their customers. Moreover recent developments like the emerging app economy offer a variety of opportunities for entrepreneurs or start-up companies.

Conference program

The conference puts emphasis on the contemporary issues emerging at the intersection of the software and business domains, broadly defined. The program includes a variety of possibilities to learn, discuss and contribute software business. Highlights of the program include (see also the detailed program):

June 11th

June 12th

June 13th

June 14th


The International Conference on Software Business (ICSOB 2013) will be held at the University of Potsdam. Its Griebnitzsee campus is located near the capital of Germany, Berlin.

Program committee: