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Keeping with the “Exploring the Information Frontier” theme of the 2015 ICIS conference, the Business Analytics Congress, co-sponsored by the Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Decision Support and Analytics (SIGDSA) and Teradata University Network (TUN), seeks forward-thinking research in the areas of analytics and business intelligence, with special focus on the role of business intelligence and analytics in the creation, spread, and use of information.

Business Intelligence and Analytics (BI&A) have become core to many businesses as they try to derive value from data. Although addressed by research in the past few years, these domains are still evolving. For instance, the explosive growth in big data and social media analytics requires examination of the impact of these technologies and applications on business and society. As organizations in various sectors formulate IT strategies and investments, it is imperative to understand how various technologies and applications under the BI&A umbrella such as business intelligence, data warehousing, big data and big data analytics, data and text mining, predictive modeling, decision support, and data visualization contribute to organizational information processing, and ultimately organizational success.

This research track aims to promote theoretical, design science, behavioral research and emerging applications in innovative areas of business intelligence and analytics, big data and decision support. We seek comprehensive completed research and research-in-process (RIP) papers in topics including but not limited to:

BI&A Theory

·         Conceptualizations of BI&A: construct development; theoretical frameworks; typologies and classifications.

·         Information and BI&A: delineating the relationship between information and BI&A, conceptualizing the role of BI&A in the creation, spread and use of information.

BI&A Systems and Technologies

·         Data management: data modeling and database design; data security and privacy; data warehousing; OLAP and executive support; big data and large scale data storage; Hadoop.

·         Analytic approaches and methodologies: data mining; text mining, sentiment analysis, rule-based systems, in-memory analytics, high-performance analytics, real-time forecasting, algorithms.

·         Modeling: mathematical modeling, simulations, model versioning and maintenance.

·         Data visualization and user interface design: visualization design, dashboard design, report design, UI design for data analysts; features of BI&A user interface, BI&A UI design for mobile devices.

BI&A Development, Use and Impact

·         BI&A Development: approaches to BI&A development and implementation, agile development of BI&A applications, management of BI&A projects; implementation issues.

·         Organizational use and impact: organizational adoption and use of BI&A technologies, strategic role of BI&A, BI&A management, BI&A evaluation, BI&A and business performance, metrics for data warehousing, BI, and analytics.

·         Individual use and impact: adoption of BI&A tools, effects of using BI&A and decision support on decision performance, designing for improved decision performance, collaborative use of BI&A tools, personal analytics.

·         New business models for BI&A: data driven innovation, the role of open data.

BI&A Applications and Environment

·         BI&A applications: process analytics, supply chain analytics, market intelligence, social media and web analytics, security and public safety, mobile analytics, network analytics, enterprise analytics, healthcare analytics, geo-spatial analytics, inter-organizational BI&A.

·         BI&A environments: SaaS and BI&A in the cloud, BI&A on mobile devices.

The template for BA Congress is modeled after ICIS template. Compile your paper using the attached template for BAC 2015.

  • Topic is relevant to track's theme and will draw an audience.
  • Objectives are clear and well-described.
  • Paper is clearly written.
  • Paper is well organized and flows logically.
  • Literature review is appropriate.
  • Methodology (or proposed methodology) is appropriate.
  • Analyses are appropriate (if relevant, many RIP paper may not have data for analyses).
  • Evidence supports authors' arguments.
  • Paper makes contributions to the field, or has potential for contributions.

Page Limit Requirements: Full research papers must not exceed 14 pages -- and research-in-progress papers must not exceed 7 pages. All submissions must conform to the submission template and follow the instructions document. The page limit must include all text, figures, and tables. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.

During the conference, select research-in-progress papers will be discussed in a round table format to help shape the research for future publication success and strong impact.

Submit papers to: Babita Gupta (, Barbara Dinter ( and Anna Sidorova ( Please use "BAC 2015 Research Track Submission" for subject line.

 Research Track Chairs:

  • Barbara Dinter, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
  • Babita Gupta, California State University Monterey Bay
  • Anna Sidorova, University of North Texas.