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Cutter Business Technology Journal — Calls for Papers

For nearly 30 years, the monthly Cutter Business Technology Journal has served as a forum for thought leaders in academia and industry to present innovative ideas and solutions to the critical issues facing business-technology professionals. Please consider sharing your insight with us for the following topics. For questions or to send article ideas, please contact Christine Generali at cgenerali[at]cutter[dot]com.

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Call for Papers: Industry 4.0 — Opportunities, Impact, Challenges

Guest Editor: Dr. Keng Siau
Abstract Deadline: May 10, 2019 (extended to May 24)
Article Deadline: June 14, 2019

Industry 4.0, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, refers to the revolution that is enabled by advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, Internet of things, cyber-physical systems, robotics, and automation. Many predict that Industry 4.0 will be different from the first three industrial revolutions because of its disruptive and transformative impact on the economy, business, jobs, and society. Businesses and companies are incorporating advanced technologies related to Industry 4.0 into their strategies, planning, and operations. They are creating new business models through digitizing and automating their products and services. Embracing Industry 4.0 has become an important source of competitive advantage and is quickly becoming a competitive necessity.

An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal will be Guest Edited by Professor Keng Siau, Chair of the Department of Business and Information Technology at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Professor Siau’s research interest is in the future of business, work, and humanity. Professor Siau has published numerous articles on the impact of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and automation. He has been interviewed regularly on topics related to Industry 4.0.

This issue will examine the latest advancement in technologies related to Industry 4.0 and the impact of these technologies on work, business, and organizations. We are seeking articles, experience-based opinions, as well as research and industry insights from academics and practitioners that can help businesses and organizations capitalize on and address the challenges brought about by Industry 4.0.

Topics of interest include, but not limited to, the following:

  • What are the latest developments in technologies impacting Industry 4.0 (e.g., AI, ML, robotics, automation, IoT, cybersecurity, cloud computing, big data and analytics, additive manufacturing, augmented reality, cyber-physical system)
  • What new business/market opportunities will result from Industry 4.0?
  • How will Industry 4.0 disrupt the current industrial climate?
  • What disruptive and/or transformative impact will Industry 4.0 have on the economy, business, jobs, and society? 
  • What challenges will be faced and how should they be addressed?
  • What types of new business models and strategies will be introduced?
  • What change management practices will be necessary to acclimate to an Industry 4.0 model?
  • What types of strategies will be required to recruit, develop, access and retain talent to support an Industry 4.0 effort?
  • How will Industry 4.0 affect the future of work?
  • How will Industry 4.0 impact the future of humanity?
  • What new cybersecurity risks will be introduced with the increase in connected digital systems?

Submit article ideas here!

ARTICLE IDEAS DUE MAY 24. Please send article ideas to Keng Siau and Christine Generali (cgenerali@cutter.com and siauk@mst.edu) including an abstract and short article outline showing major discussion points. Accepted articles due June 14, 2019. Final article length is typically 2,000-3,500 words plus graphics. More editorial guidelines.

Call for Papers: Decision Support Systems, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning

How are businesses leveraging DSS, AI, and ML technologies for smart and efficient decision-making?


Guest Editor: Dr. Karen Neville and Dr. Andrew Pope
Abstract Deadline: March 30, 2019
Article Deadline: May 3, 2019

The origins of the decision support systems can be traced back to the 1970s. These nascent systems offered the promise of enhanced managerial decision making through the use of models and the data processing capabilities of computers. In the intervening years, decision support systems have been applied in numerous settings. Whether it be the allocation of resources during an emergency, improving medical outcomes in a hospital setting, optimizing a company’s supply chain - the applications of such systems are vast. As technology has evolved, so too has the scope of decision support systems. Technological advances such as machine learning and artificial intelligence will have a major impact on both the decision makers of tomorrow and the systems that support them.

An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal will be Guest Edited by Dr Karen Neville, a leading expert in DSS for the management of disasters and Dr Andrew Pope who has has over fifteen years’ experience working on industry-funded applied research projects. This issue will examine cutting edge tools and techniques that represent state of the art in the field of DSS, AI, and ML, opportunities, and applications of the technologies. It will also highlight the challenges organizations encounter in effective decision making.

  • How are decision support tools and processes being used in multidisciplinary domains (common decision making; interoperability of resources and services)?
  • What systems and methodologies are being employed?
  • What are some emerging trends in DSS, AI, ML?
  • What new applications of DSS, AI, and ML are gathering traction?
  • What are some of the unique challenges of Emergency Management and the Public Health Services (designing, implementing, and evaluating decision support systems for emergency management; the role of public health services in emergency management; decision support tools for threat analysis and scenario evaluation; decision support tools for intelligence gathering and analysis)?
  • How are AI and ML technologies enhancing the decision-making process for managers? 
  • What future trends and technologies will drive the next wave of decision support systems?
  • What are the cutting edge of decision-making tools?

Submit article ideas here!

ARTICLE IDEAS DUE MARCH 30. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES. Please send article ideas to Karen Neville, Andrew Pope, and Christine Generali including an abstract and short article outline showing major discussion points. Accepted articles due May 3, 2019. Final article length is typically 2,000-3,500 words plus graphics. More editorial guidelines.

Call for Papers: The Cutting Edge of Agile

Guest Editor: Dr. Alistair Cockburn
Article Deadline: CLOSED

Agile was created in 2001 from experience with single-location, small-team, non-life-critical software systems. Since then, it has been applied to every kind of situation imaginable, widely exceeding those initial boundaries. What, then, is the current state of Agile? How has it morphed, where is it being applied, what are the new ideas?

An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal, Guest Edited by Dr. Alistair Cockburn, one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, will examine the leading edge of the agile world.

For this issue, we’re seeking insights and perspectives from practitioners, academics, consultants, visionaries and industry experts that address one or more of the following topic areas:

  • Agile outside of tech
  • Agile inside the organization
  • Agile in product management
  • Re-examinations of agile foundations
  • Agile at scale
  • Agile in life-critical systems
  • Other topics not mentioned that show the cutting edge of agile.

ARTICLE IDEA SUBMISSION GUIDELINES. Please send an email to Alistair Cockburn and Christine Generali with your basic article idea. We wil send you Cutter's editorial guidelines, also listed below, and a reminder email as it gets closer to the March 1 article deadline. 

1ST DRAFT ARTICLE DUE MARCH 1. Please do not write the full article in your best, edited prose (any advanced agile person understands why this is). Instead, write a draft - enough that the editors and evaluators can understand the point you are making, and write just well enough that they can see the style of your writing. If your article is selected, that will be the time to make it beautiful, with the help of the editors. Articles are typically 2,000-3,500 words in length. Please send your article to Alistair Cockburn and Christine Generali by March 1, 2019. More Editorial Guidelines are listed below.

Editorial Guidelines

These notes are intended to give authors some guidance and direction for articles submitted to Cutter Business Technology Journal (CBTJ) for publication.

Length: The average article in CBTJ is 2,000-3,500 words, unless otherwise specified by the Group Publisher.

Article Format: Please send your article in word document format for editing purposes. Please do not send it as a PDF.

Editorial: Cutter Business Technology Journal is professionally edited by our team who evaluates articles for content, substance, grammar, and style and provides valuable feedback so that authors can revise and improve their papers before publication. Publishing turnaround times are short. Articles are also peer-reviewed by the Guest Editor who is an expert in the field.

Audience: Publishing with Cutter affords the opportunity to present your insights and research to a global corporate audience that is highly interested in emerging developments. Typical readers of CBTJ range from CIOs, CTOs, business techcnology executives and vice presidents to directors, technology managers, project leaders, and very senior technical staff. Most work in fairly large organizations: Fortune 500 organizations, universities, large computer vendors, NGOs/IGOs, and government agencies and spanning industries such as finance and banking, education, energy, entertainment, food, government, healthcare, insurance, and manufacturing. 48% of our readership is outside of the US (15% from Canada, 14% Europe, 5% Australia/NZ, 14% elsewhere).

Editorial advice: Introductory-level, tutorial coverage of a topic is not very popular with our readership because they're fairly senior people. Delete the introductory "fluff" and get to the meat of the topic. Assume you're writing for someone who has been in the industry for 10 to 20 years, is very busy, and very impatient. Assume he or she is mentally asking, while reading your article, "What's the point? What do I do with this information?" Apply the "So what?" test to everything you write.

General comments: We enjoy controversy and strong opinion; we like the fact that we can provide an alternative to standard "refereed" journals that sanitize articles. Because we don't carry any advertising, we can publish critical or negative comments about specific vendors or products. However, we obviously don't want to publish anything libelous or slanderous. Conversely, we don't publish self-serving commercial messages praising one's own product or service.

Style, grammar, and mechanics: For advice on good writing style, we recommend Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., The Chicago Manual of Style, and The Elements of Style (Strunk and White). We are fanatics about the editorial quality of Cutter Business Technology Journal; anything you can do to help us in this regard will be greatly appreciated.

Graphics: Please keep your use of graphics to a minimum and submit original, editable files (not static images). Preferred formats include MS Excel for graphs, MS Word for tables (1-2 pages), and MS PowerPoint/MS Word/Adobe Illustrator (v17 or less) for vector art. Please send all other types as high-res JPEG, PDF, PNG, or TIFF. All images owned by another party may only be used with owner’s permission. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission. Copying images off the Internet without permission infringes on copyright and is unacceptable for publication.

All graphics (figures and tables) must include captions and a reference within the text; for example, “(see Figure 1)” or “Figure 1 illustrates….” Please note that we may remove graphics deemed unnecessary. Please be minimalistic in your design: limit colors, shadings, and typefaces. For additional questions, please contact Linda Dias (ldias@cutter.com).

Deadlines: The deadline you agree to when you commit to writing an article is a "hard" deadline; if you're going to be late, let us know and we'll negotiate a mutually agreeable delivery date. If the deadline passes without our having heard from you, we will assume that you have vanished and are unable to provide the article.

Editorial process: Once we get your article, we commence two parallel editorial passes: one for content (by the guest editor) and one for substance, grammar, and style (by our managing editor, Cindy Swain (cswain@cutter.com). Either or both of these editorial reviews may result in some questions or feedback from us. In any case, we will send you a first draft "page proof" of your article for your review and approval. Articles published in the journal must meet certain criteria relating to audience, technical content, and presentation. In the unlikely occurrence that, upon editorial review, your completed article does not meet with these requirements, Cutter Consortium reserves the right to decline the publishing of your article in the journal.

Biographical sketch: At the end of each CBTJ article, we like to include a brief (200 words or less) biographical sketch of each author along with email address of author(s). Click here for a sample. We also like to provide a color headshot. Please include a high-res color headshot (at least 300x300 pixels in size) of each author. We accept formal or casual photos that present authors in a professional manner. For samples, see the “Meet the Cutter Experts” section at https://www.cutter.com/our-experts.

Copyrights: When you submit an article to us, you warrant that you (or your employer) are the sole owner of the article, that you have full power and authority to copyright it and publish it, and that it has not been previously published elsewhere. You also warrant that it does not infringe on any copyright, violate any property rights, or contain scandalous, libelous, or unlawful matter. If you request, we will grant you, or your designee, copyright of the article providing you extend first-time publishing privileges, in print and electronic formats to Cutter Information LLC; otherwise, the article will be copyrighted by Cutter Information LLC.

Sourcing Content: When you do draw on the work of other authors and researchers, cite your sources accordingly in the relevant part of the text (using endnote numbers or hyperlinks). Given that Cutter Consortium has no relationships with vendors, we discourage the use of references, quotes, statistics, and figures from analyst/research firms with vendor ties (Gartner, MetaGroup, Yankee Group, Forrester, IDC, among others), as the data may be biased. If you feel information from one of these sources is critical to your article, please bring it to our attention early in the editorial process and we will be happy to discuss the issue. Note that Cutter Consortium conducts studies and surveys occasionally in its various practice areas. This data is available for use in your articles or reports. If there is specific data you are looking for to support an argument, please contact us for more information. We will be happy to send you any relevant data.

Keep in mind that if your article uses too many sources, it is often an indicator that your piece summarizes research too heavily and lacks original thought. Remember our readers are interested in your insights; above all, speak in an expert voice.

Promotion: We will, at your request, provide you with a link to share with your colleagues and contacts where they can register and receive a complimentary PDF download of your complete article. You can post this link on your website, blog, tweet it, promote on social networks, etc. It is only acceptable for your final, Cutter-edited article to be downloaded from the Cutter site, and it may not be posted anywhere else without express permission from Cutter*. You may also excerpt a passage or section from your article with attribution to CBTJ, and link it back to the full article on the Cutter website. We also ask that once the issue is published, that you do not post the entire issue PDF on any websites or social media sites out of respect for our paid clients/subscribers.

* CBTJ accepts no advertising, has no outside sponsorship, and is completely subscriber-supported. In order for us to continue providing this venue for debate to our authors, and your valuable insights to our subscribers, we thank you in advance for your respect of our copyright.

Author Compensation: We are pleased to offer Journal authors an online, one year complimentary subscription to Cutter Business Technology Journal upon the signing of the license agreement. In addition, we occasionally pull excerpts, along with the author's bio, to include in our weekly Cutter Edge email newsletter, which reaches another 12,000 readers. We'd also be pleased to quote you, or passages from your article, in Cutter press releases. If you plan to be speaking at industry conferences, we can arrange to make copies of the issue in which you're published available for attendees of those speaking engagements -- furthering your own promotional efforts.

Reprints: If you would like an authorized reprint of your article for promotional purposes or to post on your website, contact Customer Service (Tel: +1 781 648 8700; E-mail: service@cutter.com) for more information. We can arrange for a reprint with the CBTJ cover, logo, and other details.

Endnotes/References: When you draw on the work of other authors and researchers, please cite your sources. All sources/side commentary must be noted in relevant part of text (using endnote numbers) and listed in sequential order (i.e., order of appearance, not alphabetical order) at end of article in “Endnotes.” All sources should include basic publishing information (i.e., author(s) name(s), complete title, publisher, date, and hyperlink and/or URL). Sources can be repeated but must be listed as a new endnote. The following are examples of various types of endnotes:

1DeMarco, Tom, and Timothy Lister. Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects. Dorset House, 2003.

2In this survey, “innovation” refers to any new initiatives to introduce innovative, leading-edge, or unconventional software project development methods, processes, tools, or techniques.

3Hall, Curt. “AI & Machine Learning in the Enterprise, Part XI: Success of AI Application Development Efforts.” Cutter Consortium Data Analytics & Digital Technologies, Executive Update, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2019.

4DeMarco and Lister (see 1).

   5Smart grid.” Wikipedia.

Editorial Calendar

Month Topic Guest Editor
July 2019 Is Software Eating the World? Greg Smith
June 2019 Cutting Edge Agile II Alistair Cockburn
May 2019 Industry 4.0 Keng Siau
April 2019 DSS/AI/ML Dr. Karen Neville and Dr. Andrew Pope
March 2019 Cutting Edge Agile Alistair Cockburn
February 2019 The Next Frontier in Automation: Opportunities, Challenges and Impact San Murugesan
January 2019 Business Technology Trends & Predictions 2019 Cutter Consortium
November/December 2018 Fintech: Emerging Trends, Future Directions Steve Andriole
October 2018 Riding the Next Wave of Cloud Computing Frank Khan Sullivan
September 2018 Building a Digital Business Starts with Data Barry Devlin
August 2018 The Critical Need for Governance Claude Baudoin
July 2018 Architecture + Agile: The Yin & Yang of Organizational Agility Whynde Kuehn
June 2018 Fog/Edge Computing: Opportunities, Case Studies, Challenges  Cutter Consortium
May 2018 Transforming the Customer Experience Jeanne Bliss
April 2018 Blockchain: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Headed? Phil O'Reilly
March 2018 A Disciplined Agile Approach to Business Agility Scott Ambler and Mark Lines
February 2018 AI: Fear It, Face It, or Embrace It San Murugesan
January 2018 Business Technology Trends and Predictions 2018 Cutter Consortium
December 2017 Change Leadership in a Digital Era Sheila Cox
October/November 2017 Trends in Big Data Technologies and Analytics Bhuvan Unhelkar
September 2017 Insurtech: Reinventing the Insurance Industry Steve Andriole
August 2017 Agile Leadership: Foundation for Organizational Agility Don McIntyre
July 2017 The Industrial Internet: Driving Digital Transformation C. Patrikakis
June 2017 Leveraging Enterprise Architecture for Digital Disruption Roger Evernden
May 2017 Beyond Fintech: New Frontiers Phil O'Reilly
April 2017 The Frontier of Fintech Innovation Phil O'Reilly
March 2017 Business Opportunities in the New Digital Age San Murugesan
February 2017 Information Superiority and Digital Capital Borys Stokalski and Bogumil Kaminski
January 2017 The 21st Century Technology Leader Paul Clermont
December 2016 Technology Trends, Predictions, and Reflections 2017 Cutter Consortium
November 2016 FinTech and the Digitization of Financial Services Philip O'Reilly
October 2016 Cognitive Computing: Applications, Trends, and Implications Paul Harmon
August/September 2016 Business-Driven Digital Transformation Whynde Kuehn
July 2016 Security in the Internet of Everything Era Patrikakis Charlalampos and George Loukas
June 2016 Cultivating Success in Big Data Analytics Barry Devlin
May 2016 The Role of Ethics in Algorithm Design Robert Charette
April 2016 IoT Data Management and Analytics Bhuvan Unhelkar and San Murugesan
March 2016 Technical Debt: The Continued Burden On Software Innovation Tom Grant
February 2016 Disruption and Emergence: What do they mean for Enterprise Architecture? Roger Evernden
January 2016 Technology Trends and Predictions: 2016 Cutter Consortium