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Center for Very Large Business Applications (CVLBA) – Technische Universität München


Very Large Business Applications (VLBA) have been a focal point in research at the Chair for Information Systems (I17) at Technische Universität München (TUM) also before 2006, when the CVLBA was founded at the TUM. Within the center the combined experience of various faculties from a broad variety of disciplines including computer science, business administration, economics, psychology, library sciences, and law is now bundled.

The definition of a VLBA builds upon the definition of business applications, which are applications implementing processes for value creation in organizations, but exhibits the following specific characteristics:

  • VLBAs have no geographical, organizational, cultural or technical limitations.
  • VLBAs may be implemented as business application(s) as well as whole systems and system landscapes.
  • VLBAs are of strategic importance to the organization because a change in the VLBA leads to high financial, personnel, and organizational costs.

VLBAs support different departments of organizations independent of their size. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems are examples of VLBAs. The center’s objectives are the integrated study of very large business applications and their underlying technologies – their design, their implementation, their management but also their impact on the economy and on society as a whole. An interdisciplinary approach is essential in this context, to improve the efficiency and quality of business information systems development and the business processes they support. Expected benefits of the CVLBA’s research output comprise improvements in the management of the deployment process, increased user satisfaction and the delivery of more functionality to the market concerning software and related products.



Prof. Dr. Helmut Krcmar

Prof. Krcmar’s research covers information management, IT-enabled value networks, service management, computer-supported cooperative work and information systems for IT service providers in healthcare and e-government.

He studied business management in Saarbrücken and obtained his doctorate in 1983. After that, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the IBM Los Angeles Scientific Center and as assistant professor of information systems at the Leonard Stern Graduate School of Business, New York University and Baruch College, City University of New York. From 1987 to 2002, he held the Chair of Information Systems at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart. From 2000 to 2002, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences. He is a member of the Faculty of Management and, since 2010, Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science.

Researchers & Projects

Name/Profile Research Project$FILE/zkr_low.jpg?Open Zuzana Rosenberg “Development of a Simulation Model for Business Process Reengineering”$FILE/manuel_wiesche_low.jpg?Open Manuel Wiesche “Managing the Unexpected: Understanding Effective Controls for Risks in Complex Value Networks”$FILE/kdo_low.jpg?Open Konrad Dongus “Contract design and its performance implications: An empirical analysis of IS outsourcing projects from a vendor’s perspective”$FILE/harald_kienegger_low.jpg?Open Harald Kienegger “Critical Success Factors of Modern ERP Implementation Projects – Using SAP Business ByDesign as an Example”$FILE/markus_boehm_low.jpg?Open Markus Böhm “IT-related Challenges in Corporate Divestitures”



Annual Reports


VLBA Workshop Proceedings

Helmut Krcmar, Klaus Turowski (Eds.)

Very Large Business Applications (VLBA)

Proceedings of the 18th Annual SAP Academic Conference EMEA 2013 (Munich)

Reihe: Wirtschaftsinformatik

987-3-8440-2520-0, Februar 2014

Helmut Krcmar, Klaus Turowski (Eds.)

Very Large Business Applications (VLBA): System Landscapes of the Future

5th Workshop of the Centers for Very Large Business Applications (CVLBA) in Walldorf, November 27, 2012

Reihe: Wirtschaftsinformatik

978-3-8440-1702-1, März 2013

Hans-Knud Arndt, Helmut Krcmar (Eds.)

Very Large Business Applications (VLBA): System Landscapes of the Future

Reihe: Wirtschaftsinformatik

978-3-8440-0336-9, August 2011

Hans-Knud Arndt, Helmut Krcmar (Hrsg.)

Very Large Business Applications (VLBA): Systemlandschaften der Zukunft

3. Workshop des Centers for Very Large Business Applications (CVLBA), Magdeburg, 13.-14. Oktober 2009

Reihe: Magdeburger Schriften zur Wirtschaftsinformatik

978-3-8322-8742-9, Dezember 2009


Date Title/Description Link
2014/01/29 CVLBA Annual Meeting in Walldorf Annual Meeting in Walldorf
2013/09/13 18th SAP Academic Conference EMEA (Munich) Proceedings of the 18th SAP Academic Conference
2013/02/27 11th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (Leipzig) 11th Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik 2013
2013/02/26 CVLBA Design Thinking Workshop in Leipzig Design Thinking Jam @ WI2013
2012/11/27-28 CVLBA Annual Meeting in Walldorf CVLBA Jahrestreffen at Walldorf (27 & 28 November)
2012/09/06 CVLBA Workshop at SAP Academic Conference in Dresden CVLBA Workshop@Dresden on 6 Sept 2012

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