...a key step to reduce the time and cost of knowledge when forming virtual enterprise networks, provide the DTA enterprises with a powerful service platform, allow customisation of knowledge interoperability, reduce semantic gaps, overcome the problems related to enterprises legacy systems and improve user friendliness thus minimising the effort required to train personnel.

31dec2011

COIN: Enterprise Collaboration & Interoperability


Vision

By 2020 enterprise collaboration and interoperability services will become an invisible, pervasive and self-adaptive knowledge and business utility at disposal of the European networked enterprises from any industrial sector and domain in order to rapidly set-up, efficiently manage and effectively operate different forms of business collaborations, from the most traditionally supply chains to the most advanced and dynamic business ecosystems. The mission of the COIN IP is to study, design, develop and prototype an open, self-adaptive, generic ICT integrated solution to support the above 2020 vision, starting from notable existing research results in the field of Enterprise Interoperability and Enterprise Collaboration. COIN has been awarded financial support by the European Commission through the contract No. 216256 in the EU FP7 area of “ICT in support of the networked enterprise”; work programme “ICT-2007-1.3 Enterprise Interoperability”.

Objectives

The COIN project has the following main objectives:

  • To design and develop a pervasive, adaptive Service Platform to host Baseline and Innovative COIN services for EI and EC and make them available under innovative on-demand, utility-oriented business models (i.e. the SaaS-U model) to European enterprises (and SMEs in particular) for running their business in a secure, reliable and efficient way;
  • To consolidate and stabilize the ICT results of both EC and EI FP6 research into some Baseline Services which constitute the service foundations for COIN;
  • To further enlarge, extend and improve the baseline services, by developing other more Innovative Services in the EC and EI fields, which could take into account the most recent and promising technology challenges (in the field of Web 2.0, semantic web, space computing) and put them at service of EC and EI purposes;
  • To represent a pathway to convergence for these two fundamental research streams: EI and EC, by integrating in the same project the most prominent stakeholders of the two research fields coming both from industry and from universities and research centers;
  • To demonstrate, experiment, trial and assess the project results into realistic Industrial Scenarios offered by our 6 test cases in Aeronautics, Automotive, Aerospace, Pulp & Paper, Healthcare and ICT.

Abstract

By 2020 enterprise collaboration and interoperability services will become an invisible, pervasive and self-adaptive knowledge and business utility at disposal of the European networked enterprises from any industrial sector and domain in order to rapidly set-up, efficiently manage and effectively operate different forms of business collaborations, from the most traditional supply chains to the most advanced and dynamic business ecosystems. The mission of the COIN IP is to study, design, develop and prototype an open, self-adaptive, generic ICT integrated solution to support the above 2020 vision, starting from notable existing research results in the field of Enterprise Interoperability (made available by the Enterprise Interoperability DG INFSO D4 Cluster and specifically by the projects ATHENA, INTEROP, ABILITIES, SATINE, TRUSTCOM) and Enterprise Collaboration (made available by projects ECOLEAD, DBE, E4 and ECOSPACE). In particular, a COIN business-pervasive open-source service platform will be able to expose, integrate, compose and mash-up in a secure and adaptive way existing and innovative to-be-developed Enterprise Interoperability and Enterprise Collaboration services, by applying intelligent maturity models, business rules and self-adaptive decision-support guidelines to guarantee the best combination of the needed services in dependence of the business context, as industrial sector and domain, size of the companies involved, openness and dynamics of collaboration. This way, the Information Technology vision of Software as a Service (SaaS) will find its implementation in the field of interoperability among collaborative enterprises, supporting collaborative business forms, from supply chains to business ecosystems, like a utility, the Interoperability Service Utility (ISU). The COIN project will finally develop an original business model based on the SaaS-U (Software as a Service-Utility) paradigm on the base of the open-source COIN service platform.

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