Over the past decennia, the fields of enterprise modelling, enterprise engineering, and enterprise architecture (EMEA) have provided interesting fields of application for conceptual modelling. Enterprise engineering & architecting rely on the use of (conceptual) enterprise models to represent different aspects of the existing/desired design of an enterprise (including companies, government agencies, smart cities, etc). The models used, typically range (at least) across the entire value-proposition-to-business-services-to-business-processes-to-information-systems-to-IT stack of an enterprise.
Meanwhile, the EMEA fields seem to be "under pressure". New enabling information technologies such as AI, Digital Twins, Block Chain, IoT, etc, appear to have a stronger interest and appreciation from funding sources. At the same time, there is evidence, from industrial practice, that the coherence, coordination and integration oriented perspectives of EMEA (captured in conceptual models) is direly needed. Now more than ever. The goal of this panel discussion is to explore the future role of EMEA as a field of research, and the role of conceptual modelling with(in) it.
This panel discussion is actually part of an ongoing discussion on the future of EMEA. The kick-off of this discussion took place during this year's IEEE CBI conference. At ER 2022, we plan to focus the discussion on the role of (conceptual) enterprise models. The broader discussion on the future of EMEA will be continued during working sessions at the IEEE EDOC conference and the IFIP 8.1 PoEM working conference later this year.
If you are active in the E.M.E.A. field, and care about its future, and the role of conceptual modelling within it, then please join the discussion.