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FP6 SUPER project

SUPER

Project ID: 026850
Funded under

Semantics Utilised for Process management within and between EnterPrises

From 2006-04-01 to 2009-03-31, closed project | SUPER Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 16 380 072,80

EU contribution:

EUR 10 997 788,30

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP6-2004-IST-4See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

IP - Integrated Project

Description

Supercharging company management procedures

European researchers have developed a new system for implementing management tools that could radically improve how companies organise and run a business.

As a result of the work of the SUPER project, companies will be able to change business processes quickly, and respond rapidly to changing market conditions. European companies using the system can potentially become more competitive, efficient and profitable, according to the researchers.

Executives organise their business to respond to economic conditions, market trends and corporate best practice. The downsizing era of the early 90s was quickly replaced by the desire to nurture and hoard precious human resources in the late 90s and early 2000s.

Tough milestones

In recent times, outsourcing non-core business functions has become a trend. There are dozens of others: just-in-time manufacturing, supply-chain organisation, process-oriented management. All are milestones in the evolution of business practice.

Each milestone makes competition tougher. Companies need to respond quickly to remain competitive. Worse, the response often requires a fundamental reorganisation of the business, and the way it does business.

But modern business processes, like order fulfilment, supply-chain management and product development, are only possible because they have enterprise applications, vast computer programs, to support them.

When you change the process, you must change the underlying information system. The applications are huge, complex, expensive and widespread.

Adapting them can quickly become complicated, costly and time-consuming. So the computing engineer, not the business manager, decides how new business practices are implemented.

Filling the knowledge gap

But researchers on the SUPER project had a larger vision: create a system that lets business experts and strategists tailor enterprise applications to suit their needs.

The SUPER team will use semantic web services to enable tailored information systems. Semantic technologies tell a machine not only what a piece of data is called, but what it means, too. Semantics looks at the underlying significance of information.

Using semantics for searching and extracting data is a huge leap forward because, up to now, computers could essentially store and search information, but people had to sort it.

The current process has led to a 'knowledge gap' – the deficit between a computer's capacity to query vast stores of information and people's capacity to sort through the results.

In the near future, machines armed with semantic technologies will be able to produce data of very high quality, with less sorting required by people.

Competitive boost

SUPER’s team will develop systems to apply this powerful emerging approach to business processes. The system will be unique and could give Europe an enormous competitive boost.

For example, a telecommunications company wants to introduce digital content on demand. Usually, the company will create or adapt a system to fulfil the many steps in that business goal.

But using the SUPER model, the business experts establish the goals and set the individual steps, while the SUPER platform locates the service required to complete each step. The services can include digital asset management, ordering, fulfilment, delivery, quality of service and billing.

Testing times

Currently, SUPER’s researchers are testing the platform among consortium partners. The results of the trial will be available at the end of this year.

SUPER’s technology represents a huge business opportunity. At present, the market for enterprise applications is worth €75bn. All business IT combined is worth €132bn.

Objective

Business Process Management focuses on managing the execution of IT-supported business operations from a business expert¿s process view rather than from a technical perspective. The underlying motivation for BPM is that organizations need to continuously align their running business processes, as executed within multiple heterogeneous systems, with the required processes as derived from business needs. BPM has gained significant attention in both research and industry, and a range of BPM tools are available. However, the degree of mechanization in BPM is currently very limited. The major obstacle preventing a coherent view on business processes is that the business processes are not accessible to machine reasoning. Additionally, businesses cannot query their process space by logical expressions, e.g. in order to identify activities relevant to comply with regulations.Founded on ontologies Semantic Web technology provides scalable methods and tools for the machine-readable representation of knowledge. Semantic Web Services (SWS) make use of Semantic Web technology to support the automated discovery, substitution, composition, and execution of software components (Web Services). BPM is a natural application for Semantic Web and SWS technology, because the latter provide large-scale, standardized knowledge representation techniques for executable artefacts. Our proposal is to combine SWS and BPM, and develop one consolidated technology. Specifically, we will create horizontal ontologies which describe business processes; vertical telecommunications oriented ontologies to support domain-specific annotation for our chosen economic sector; and a suite of tools based on the results of the SEKT and DIP IPs. Together with the other SDK projects this will further strengthen the global leadership of EU-funded technology development.

Related information

Coordinator contact

Michael Schelper, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +49 6227 / 760944
Fax: + 49 6227 / 7843842
E-mail

Coordinator

SAP SE
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 1 670 250


DIETMAR HOPP ALLEE 16
69190 WALLDORF
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: MATTHIAS PFANNENDOERFER
Tel.: +49 6227 7-52530
Fax: +49 6227 78-51586
E-mail

Participants

HANIVAL INTERNET SERVICES GMBH
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 417 940


KIRCHENGASSE 13/1A
1070 WIEN
Austria
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Alexander Wahler
Tel.: +431319584311
Fax: +431319584324
E-mail
A1 TELEKOM AUSTRIA AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 0


LASSALLESTRASSE 9
1020 WIEN
Austria
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Helmut ROGGE-WILTSCHE
Tel.: +435010115276
Fax: +4359059114290
E-mail
ETEL AUSTRIA GMBH & CO KG
Participation ended
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 439 624


LASSALLESTRASSE 9
1020 WIEN
Austria
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Helmut Rogge-Wiltsche
Tel.: +43 501011 5276
Fax: +43 50101195276
NIWA-WEB SOLUTIONS NIEDERACHER & WAHLER OEG
Participation ended
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 0


KIRCHENGASSE 13/1A
1070 WIEN
Austria
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Alexander Wahler
Tel.: +431319584311
Fax: +431319584324
E-mail
UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 1 548 662,80


INNRAIN 52
6020 INNSBRUCK
Austria
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Martin Hepp
Tel.: +435125076465
Fax: +435125079872
E-mail
NEXCOM BULGARIA EAD
Bulgaria

EU contribution: EUR 243 550


75 Krum Popov Str.
1421 Sofia
Bulgaria
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Hristo Lazarov
Tel.: +35929634302
Fax: +35929634211
E-mail
SIRMA SOLUTIONS JSC
Bulgaria

EU contribution: EUR 283 870


TSARIGRADSKO SHOSSE BLVD 135
1784 SOFIA
Bulgaria
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Atanas Kiryakov
Tel.: +359 2 9768303
Fax: +359 2 9768311
E-mail
IBM RESEARCH GMBH
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 414 460


SAEUMERSTRASSE 4
8803 RUESCHLIKON
Switzerland
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Yigal Hoffner
Tel.: +41 44 724 8922
E-mail
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 823 200


KEPLERSTRASSE 7
70174 STUTTGART
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Frank Leymann
Tel.: +49-711-7816470
Fax: +49-711-7816472
E-mail
IBIS PROF. THOME AG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 291 437,50


Mergentheimer Strasse 76a
97082 Wuerzburg
Germany
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Stephan Streller
Tel.: + 49 931 768641
Fax: +49 931 7968610
IDS SCHEER AG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 372 880


ALTENKESSELER STRASSE 17
66115 SAARBRUECKEN
Germany
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Julia Wagner
Tel.: 0681 210 3878
Fax: 0681 210 1801
INTELLIGENT SOFTWARE COMPONENTS S.A.
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 331 720


AVENIDA TORRE BLANCA
08172 SANT CUGAT DEL VALLES
Spain
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Jesus Contreras
Tel.: +34913349797
Fax: +34913349799
E-mail
TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 672 200


RONDA DE LA COMUNICACION S/N DISTRITO C EDIFICIO OESTE I
28050 MADRID
Spain
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Sara Carro Martínez
Tel.: +34 983367595
Fax: +34 983367564
E-mail
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY
Ireland

EU contribution: EUR 991 200


UNIVERSITY ROAD
NA Galway
Ireland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Laurentiu Vasiliu
Tel.: +353 91 495008
Fax: +353 91 495541
E-mail
MIP - CONSORZIO PER L'INNOVAZIONE NELLA GESTIONE DELLE IMPRESE E DELLA PUBBLICA AMMINISTRAZIONE
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 346 560


PIAZZA LEONARDO DA VINCI 32 32
20133 MILANO
Italy
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Alberto Savodelli
Tel.: +390223999585
Fax: +390223999582
E-mail
CEFRIEL - SOCIETA CONSORTILE A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 282 800


VIA FUCINI RENATO 2
20133 MILANO
Italy
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Emanuele Della Valle
Tel.: +39 0223954324
Fax: +39 0223954524
E-mail
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 270 000


DEN DOLECH 2
5612 AZ EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Wil van der Aalst
Tel.: +31 40 2474295
Fax: +31 40 243 2612
UNIWERSYTET EKONOMICZNY W POZNANIU
Poland

EU contribution: EUR 441 600


AL NIEPODLEGLOSCI 10
61875 POZNAN
Poland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Witold Abramowicz
Tel.: +48 61 8543382
Fax: +48 61 8543633
E-mail
ORANGE POLSKA SPOLKA AKCYJNA
Poland

EU contribution: EUR 269 434


AL ALEJE JEROZOLIMSKIE 160
02 326 WARSZAWA
Poland
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Bogdan Banasiak
Tel.: +48 22 699 5340
Fax: +48 22 8579986
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 886 400


WALTON HALL
00076 MILTON KEYNES
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: JOHN DOMINGUE
Tel.: +44 1908 655014
Fax: +44 1908 653169
E-mail
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