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DBE - Digital business ecosystem


The overall objective of the DBE is aimed at proving Europe with a recognized advantage in innovative software application development by its SME industry, launching a disruptive technology paradigm for the creation of a digital business ecosystems for SMEs and software providers thus improving their value network. An open-source distributed environment will support the spontaneous evolution, adaptation and composition of software components - which also embed business rules - and services allowing SMEs, that are solution and e-business service providers, to cooperate in production of components and applications adapted to local business needs.

This will allow EU small software providers to leverage the possibility of new distribution channels providing services at local ecosystems and extending their market reach through the DBE. Easy access and large availability of applications, adapted to local SMEs, will foster ICT adoption and local economical growth of innovation nodes. This can only be achieved with a vision leading to a paradigm shift: the complexity of distributed software production and the new forms of networked business require a multi-disciplinary approach based on biology, physics and social sciences mechanisms and models. DBE transposes from living organisms mechanisms like: evolution, adaptation, autonomy, viability, introspection, knowledge sharing, selection, and will lead to emergence of novel architectures and technologies, business processes and knowledge.

The DBE will change the way SMEs and EU software providers use and distribute their products and services. It will allow SMEs to link enterprise-wide external resources and value networks, and to allocate them based on their business priorities. The DBE is based on the key finding that with such evolutionary and self-organising system Europe could harness the complexity of software production and its SME software industry could regain competitiveness.

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