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WI 2017 conference from 12-15 February 2017 very successful

On February 12-15, 2017, the time had come: After many months of intensive organization and preparation, the Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI) conference, the largest scientific conference of its kind in the German-speaking world, took place at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland. The Department of Business Informatics of the University of Kassel was significantly involved in the organization of this conference: In addition to the main responsible Prof. Dr. Jan Marco Leimeister, who was Conference Chair of this conference together with Prof.Dr. Walter Brenner from the University of St.Gallen, as well as Dr. Christoph Peters as project manager, numerous scientific staff members from Kassel also contributed to the organization and realization of this event. Now that the WI 2017 is "history", a very positive conclusion can be drawn based on the many extraordinarily gratifying feedbacks from the participants.

The focus of this 13th International Conference on Business Informatics (WI) was the advancing digitization of business and society. Under the motto "Towards Thought Leadership in Digital Transformation," numerous high-profile guests from science, business and politics discussed at the WI the question of how the digitization of society and business can be successfully shaped and what framework conditions are necessary for this. Keynote speakers included St.Gallen City President Thomas Scheitlin, who welcomed participants at the Welcome Reception on Sunday evening (Feb. 12), Cantonal Government Councillor Benedikt Würth, who gave a welcoming address on behalf of the Canton of St.Gallen on Monday morning (Feb. 13), and Audi CEO Professor Rupert Stadler, who gave a speech on digitization in the automotive industry at the Conference Dinner on Feb. 14, 2017 in the Lokremise. Other prominent speakers at this event included Thomas Saueressig (CIO SAP SE), Marcel Stalder (CEO EY Switzerland), Andreas Reich (Head of Advanced Development Audi Electronic Venture GmbH), Dr. Rolf Hollander (CEO CeWe Color Holding AG) and Andreas Maier (CIO AXA Winterthur).

As part of WI 2017, executives, students and company founders exchanged ideas in formats tailored specifically to their interests. A "CIO Dialog", a "Student Track" and a "Start-Up Track" provided insight into different entrepreneurial challenges that digitalization brings with it. Researchers presented new approaches to solving digital problems. Practitioners exchanged ideas on managing digital change in companies during the CIO Dialog. 

More impressions (including photos and videos) from this event can be found at as well as on:  @wi2017 

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