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“plug Business into IT” - a new project that envisions Business and IT alignment via the IT-Socket

Based on the assumption that businesses in different sectors of the economy will require IT for different reasons and in different ways, the new ICT plugIT project aspires to develop an IT-Socket that will realize the vision of businesses “plugging-in” to IT.

Today we’re witnessing the necessity to align Business and Information Technology (IT) as well as a change in the role of IT from that of an enabler to that of an industrial sector in its own right. Based on the assumption that businesses in different sectors of the economy will require IT for different reasons and in different ways, this project aspires to develop an IT-Socket that will realize the vision of businesses “plugging-in” to IT. plugIT investigates the IT-Socket on three layers: first on the application domain layer via three demonstration scenarios; second on the conceptual layer via research on modelling and semantics; and third on the technological layer via implementing the Next Generation Modelling Framework. The three demonstration scenarios deal with: (1) “Certification” of IT infrastructure to stay compliant with regulations, (2) “Virtual Organisation” by evolving the current service orientation to a higher, business driven abstraction, as well as (3) “Governance” of IT infrastructure introducing business context into highly distributed and complex systems. The IT-Socket follows a model-driven approach by introducing graphical modelling languages as mediators between the domain experts and semantic technologies. The research challenge is to link human interpretable graphical models – semi-formal representations - with machine interpretable semantic formalisms to enable: (1) a tighter involvement of domain experts when expressing formal knowledge, (2) different graphical modelling languages for different views on the IT-Socket to enable the domain expert to work with modelling languages she is accustomed to work with, as well as (3) a domain-specific notation for semantics by integrating formal concepts of semantics with the graphical notations from modelling languages. The technical platform is developed as the Next Generation Modelling Framework that integrates different modelling tools. The service-oriented middleware is responsible for the technical integration of heterogeneous modelling tools; the semantic kernel is responsible for the conceptual integration of different modelling languages and the Web-modelling platform is responsible for providing a common user interface. Project Partners are: 1) BOC Asset Management GmbH, BOC, Austria, Coordinator and technical partner 2) ElsagDatamat spa, ED, Italy, Technical partner 3) Universität Wien, Department of Knowledge and Business Engineering, DKE, Austria, Research partner 4) Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, Institute of Computer Science, FORTH, Greece, Research partner 5) Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, FHNW, Switzerland, Research partner 6) Consorzio Interuniversitario CINECA, CINECA, Italy, Use case partner 7) Innovation Technology Group, iTG, Poland, Use case partner 8) Universität Stuttgart, High Performance Computer Centre, HLRS, Germany, Use case partner plugIT (231430) is a STREP from the 3rd FP7 - ICT Call within Intelligent Content and Semantics with a duration of 30 months and it is co-funded by the European Union with 2.559.786 €.

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Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland