The European Facility for Accessing Software best practice Case Studies and Tools (EUROFAST) project is a dissemination action in the framework of the European System and Software Initiative (ESSI). It's purpose is to establish a Forum for Assistance to European organisations, and especially to SMEs, who are wanting to use CASE tools and Software Best Practices to help their Software development needs.
EUROFAST will support the provision of user orientated, vendor independent information on software best practice methods and technologies. This information will be sourced from real-life project covering the domains of Structured Analyses, Object Orientated Systems and GUI Design.
EUROFAST will provide the following services:
On-line Demonstration Server
Hands-on Evaluation Centre
Expert Information Service
The Euro-ISDN base On-line Demonstration Server will provide on-line access to demonstrations of:
software engineering implementation covering the complete project life-cycle
best practice methods and tools
real-life case studies
The Hands-on-Evaluation Centre will provide facilities for:
in-depth software best practice and CASE tool evaluation
access to CASE tool experts
CASE Tool User days
This centre will be based in Braunschweig, Germany. In order to facilitate access to the centre National Contact Points will be established throughout Europe. These contact points will enable users to contact native speaking organisations who will have direct access to the material and results generated from work being performed in Braunschweig. The national contact points will formulate and run CASE user days on regional basis. The project will support four such user days which will act as pilots for further events.
The Expert Information Service will be used to support the Hands-on-Evaluation Centre and On-line Demonstration Server Services. It will provide:
case studies, examples, information on tools which will be located on the World Wide Web and supported by an Euro-ISDN based mailbox
access to a panel of software process improvement (SPI) experts
access to User and Supplier organisations
Access to the panel of SPI experts and Tool user Supplier organisations will be achieved through moderated on-line conferences and user groups.
EUROFAST will be run by a Consortium consisting of the CASE Service Centre (CSC) of the German Aerospace Research Establishment (DLR) and MARI (Northern Ireland) Ltd. DLR will be the Prime Contractor and will be responsible for developing the project infrastructure and services and for the provision case study information. MARI will be responsible for co-ordinating the expert panel and provide case study review and mentoring services to the project. In addition MARI will be responsible for project liaison activities with other initiatives and for project awareness actions. The Consortium will be supported by the project team Haug GmbH who, acting in a subcontractor capacity, will provide project management and dissemination activity support.
The project aims to stimulate information exchange within the European User Community and provide useful feedback to the vendor and supplier organisations.
The target audience are primary those organisations who do not have the necessary knowledge, funding or time to evaluate the most suitable methods and tools to meet their needs.