Bachelor Seminar with Movilitas Consulting AG


The primary objective of the joint seminar of the Chair of Information Systems II (Prof. Dr. Becker) and the Chair of General Management and Information Systems (Prof. Dr. Heinzl) is to analyze current research in information systems development and distributed systems from different perspectives. The secondary objective is to provide students with techniques of scientific writing and discussion.


To ensure practical relevance we teamed up with our practice partner, Movilitas Consulting AG , who provide services around mobile business processes with a cloud-based solution. Depending on the assignments, the students will have the chance to conduct a case study with Movilitas Consulting or to implement simple prototypes to substantiate their papers.


Important aspects of all papers are the evaluation, structuring, and classification of existing research work and the presentation of a detailed and thorough overview of the current state of the art regarding a practically relevant topic. In addition, scientific work also includes the creation of new knowledge. The participation in the seminar can be regarded as an important preliminary step towards a successful completion of the bachelor thesis.


This spring semester seminar is especially suitable for all fourth-semester students who will spend their fifth semester at a foreign university and therefore cannot participate in a seminar at that time.


Topic Mobile Business Processes in Distributed Systems
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Christian Becker, Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl, and Research Assistants
Corporate Partner Movilitas Consulting AG
Contact hours per week 2 SWS, conducted as a block seminar
Registration With 3 preferences till: 15.12.2011 (see link below)
Language English
Prerequisite Wifo I - III
Date and Location May 10, full-day, Mafinex, Mannheim
Contact Kai Spohrer

Important dates

  • <b>Info session:</b> Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 5:00 PM <link>in our online meeting room</link>
  • <b>Registration:</b> open until December 15 (see link below)
  • <b>Kick off with Movilitas:</b> Monday, February 20, 2012, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • <b>Paper submission:</b> before April 26, 2012 at 12:00 noon
  • <b>Seminar session:</b> May 10, 2012

Info Slides and Topics

Thank you for visiting the info session. Here are the slides.

Registration closed

Registration was open until December 15, 2011. For late registration before February 19, 2012, submit your cv and a current transcript of records to Kai Spohrer. Only in case of free topics and a profile matching the requirements, registration will be possible.

Process Milestones to be Validated With Advisor

 All milestones need to be validated with the corresponding advisor of the chair:

  • Literature Review presented to academic advisor: before Feb 17
  • Registration at Studienbuero is done by advisor
  • First contact with Movilitas advisor
  • Rough Concept in coordination with advisor of the chair: before Mar 16
  • Validate detailed concept of content and structure with academic advisor: before Mar 30
  • Submit final paper: before Apr 26, 12:00 noon
  • Validate slides for final presentation with academic advisor: before May 4
  • Presentation: May 10
  • Comprehensive Feedback / Lessons Learned: on appointment


Topic Contents Advisor Practice Partner Involvement
1. Mobile Business Process Characteristics for the Cloud Which characteristics should apply tomobile business processes to consider them as appropriate for their usage incloud approaches? What are, from the perspective of customers and clients,the crucial factors that make outsourcing of a business process into the cloud impossible? Tommi Kramer Case Study
2. GUI Prototyping in Requirements Engineering for Mobile Applications Applications on mobile devices are used in different contexts than desktop applications andin general lead to different user needs. How can GUI prototyping in the step ofrequirements engineering already accommodate this? How should GUI prototyping be integrated into the requirements engineering process? Sven Scheibmayr Case Study
3. Adaptive GUIs for Reducing the Cognitive Load in Mobile Business Processes In contrast to classic, stationary information systems, mobile technologies are used in changing locations and therefore in varying contexts. Information presentation must thus be adapted to the context in order to ensure an optimal provision of information to the user. To which degree can adaptive user interfaces be accounted for already during the design of mobile business processes in order to reduce the cognitive load of the user? Erik Hemmer Case Study
4. Acceptance and Risks of Software-as-a-Service for Mobile Business Processes Which characteristics determine if a Software-as-a-Service solution for mobile business processes is accepted by potential customers? What are the key risks associated with Software-as-a-Service solutions? Marko Nöhren Case Study
5. Mobile Applications in the Context of Educational Institutions Applications running on a variety of devices provide opportunities not only for enterprises but also for other organizations like educational institutions. Especially the high availability of mobile devices in teaching rooms can be used as an additional channel between the lecturer and the students. Which innovative use of mobile applications is appropriate to collect and distribute feedback on the students’ learning? Kai Spohrer Development of a Simple Prototype Using the Movilizer Framework
6. Trends in Cloud Middleware for Cloud-based Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms Mobile Enterprise Applications Platforms face the challenge of connecting a great variety of mobile platforms (e.g. Android, iOS, etc.) and backend systems (e.g. Oracle, SAP, etc.) together. Even though traditional middleware can ensure interoperability in such heterogeneous systems, they were originally not developed for cloud computing. What are the current trends in cloud middleware? Which recent advances will have an impact on Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms? Which are the most recent platforms and what are their differences? Sebastian VanSyckel Case Study
7. Context-awareness forMobile Business Applications Context-awareness is one of the main research areas in mobile computing. Based on context information, applications can adapt to their environment and offer a better service to their users. How can users of Mobile Business Applications benefit from context-awareness? Sebastian VanSyckel Development of a Simple Location-Aware Prototype Using the Movilizer Framework
8. Data-centric, Web-based and Declarative Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms Several approaches exist for building Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms (MEAPs). Currently, over 80% of the market share belongs to the traditional data-centric approach. However, with the potential of sophisticated web-based approaches like HTML5 and with the evolution of declarative approaches, the data-centric approach got competition. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the different paradigms? Laura Itzel Case Study
9. Disconnected and Bandwidth-adaptive Operation in Mobile Business Applications Typically, Mobile Business Applications are connected (directly or indirectly) to backend systemscontaining the business logic and data. In Mobile Computing, however, neither a network connection, nor a minimal bandwidth, can be guaranteed at all time. What can be done in order to deal with these issues without disrupting users of Mobile Business Applications in their productiveness? Laura Itzel Case Study


  • The literature review should be done by students independently.
  • The review shall include electronic literature sources offered by the University of Mannheim (Rechercheportal)  as well as sources available on the internet.
  • Overviews of literature sources are available at the library and here.


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  • <link - download>Short Introduction: Academic writing (German)</LINK>
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