The topics addressed by the BPMDS series are focused on business processes and their IT support. This is one of the keystones of information systems theory beyond short-lived fashions. The continued interest in this topic on behalf of the IS community is reflected by the success of the past BPMDS events, and their promotion from a workshop to a working conference. The BPMDS series has produced eighteen events from 1998 to 2017. From 2011, BPMDS has become a two-day working conference attached to CAiSE (Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering). The basic principles of the BPMDS series are:
1. BPMDS serves as a meeting place for researchers and practitioners in the areas of business development, and business applications (software) development.
2. The aim of the event is mainly discussions, rather than presentations.
3. Each event has a theme that is mandatory for idea papers.
4. Each event's results are, usually, published in a special issue of an international journal.
The goals, format, and history of BPMDS can be found on the web site: http://www.bpmds.org/history.