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EuropeAn COTS User Working Group

Objective

The use of COTS (Commercial Off-The-Self) software components is becoming an economic and strategic necessity for European organisations in a wide variety of application areas. The main objective of this proposal is to create and consolidate a European COTS User Working Group to address the common problems faced by COTS users, identify solutions, and produce a favourable impact in the overall COTS market, favouring the achievement of consensus towards the definition of standards. Objectives will be achieved through focussed discussions in Special Interest Groups (SIGs) enabled by a Web-based GroupWare system, electronic discussion forums, SIG meetings and workshops. The Working Group results will be packaged as technical reports, communicated to the appropriate entities (governmental and standardisation bodies) and exploited, ensuring the continuation of the COTS user network.

Objectives:
WG-ECUA objective is the creation, operation and consolidation of a COTS User Working Group to address the common problems faced by COTS users, achieve consensus on their solutions, and produce a favourable impact in the overall COTS market. The Working Group approaches the problems from a COTS user perspective, establishing liaisons with all COTS market players.

The COTS User WG aims at:
1. Analysing the COTS market;
2. Assessing current practice and identifying common problems in acquisition, management and integration of COTS;
3. Providing and sharing solutions;
4. Co-ordinating the definition of requirements for COTS related projects at European level;
5. Favouring the achievement of consensus towards the definition of standards regarding COTS usage
6. Representing the interests of COTS users (especially SMEs) in international standardisation organisations.

Work description:
WP0.- WG MANAGEMENT: Project management; Recruitment and management of WG members;
WP1.- WG LAUNCHING: Market-based analysis of COTS user problems and needs; Identification of best practices in COTS user companies; Define Special Interest Groups (SIGs) operational rules and develop infrastructure for their operation; Define, constitute and launch initial set of SIGs;
WP2.- STEERING AND OPERATION OF SIGs: For each identified problem domain a SIG is constituted with the following activities: Organise periodic SIG meetings; Open a discussion forum on the Internet; Favour the discussion about the problem domain through provocative articles, news, questions; Encourage the interaction between the SIG subscribers; Reply to all formulated questions; Periodically summarise and synthesise the discussion; Look for consensus for the definition of standards, whenever possible; Recognise open problems and co-ordinate the definition of requirements for their solution; Provide technical contents for the organisation of the final COTS Users' Workshop;
WP3.- DISSEMINATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE OPERATION: Maintenance and continuous improvement of an interactive web site (forum of dialogue, permanent contact among WG members and dissemination beyond the WG); Organisation of SIG meetings and the workshop; Management and automation of the whole set of subscriptions operations (Internet forums); Identification of the most appropriate media for dissemination;
WP 4.- EXPLOITATION: Develop detailed exploitation plan and co-ordinate the exploitation actions. Establish and consolidate the Working Group network to guarantee its continuation and further development to ensure the long-term exploitation of its results.

Milestones:
M1 (month 4): COTS market study; Definition of problem domains for SIGs; Operational rules for the functioning of SIGs; Internet infrastructure for SIG work;
M2 (month 6): Interim progress report 1; WG members database - operational version;
M3 (month 12): Interim progress report 2; SIG periodic reports;
M4 (month 18): Detailed exploitation plans; Final progress reports; WG members database - final version; SIG technical work summary; COTS user Workshop results; Dissemination material.

Funding Scheme

THN - Thematic network contracts

Coordinator

FUNDACION EUROPEAN SOFTWARE INSTITUTE
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Zamudio 204
48170 Zamudio
Spain

Participants (32)

ALENIA MARCONI SYSTEMS S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Tiburtina 1231
00131 Roma
ASESORIA JURIDICA INFORMATICA S.L.
Spain
Address
Calle Doctor Fleming 7, 2 Derecha
28036 Madrid
ATOS ORIGIN SA
Spain
Address
Calle De Albarracin 25
28037 Madrid
AXCENT MEDIA AG
Germany
Address
Technologiepark 13
33100 Paderborn
B-KIN SOFTWARE S.L.
Spain
Address
Paseo Del Puerto 20A
48990 Getxo (Bizkaia)
BUSINESS EDGE LIMITED
Ireland
Address
Cva House, 1 Lower Mallow Street
Limerick
CENTRO DE TRATAMIENTO DE INFORMACION, S.A.
Spain
Address
Corcega 373
08307 Barcelona
DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG
Germany
Address
Epplestrasse 225
70567 Stuttgart
DELTA DANISH ELECTRONICS, LIGHT & ACOUSTICS
Denmark
Address
Venlighedsvej 4
2970 Hoersholm
ELCA INFORMATIQUE SA
Switzerland
Address
Avenue De La Harpe 22-24
1000 Lausanne 13
ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA
Italy
Address
Via San Martino Della Battaglia 56
000 Roma
GENESIS DEVELOPMENT S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Duchessa Iolanda 17
10138 Torino
GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Cowcaddens Road
G4 0BA Glasgow
IBERMATICA S.A.
Spain
Address
Paseo Mikeletegi 5
20009 San Sebastian
INDRA SISTEMAS, S.A.
Spain
Address
Avda. De Bruselas 35
28108 Alcobendas, Madrid
INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMTECHNIK BREMEN GMBH
Germany
Address
Wiener Strasse 1
28359 Bremen
IT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING LTD.
Hungary
Address
Kende U. 13-17
1111 Budapest
LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES FRANCE
France
Address
72 Rue Du Faubourg Saint Honore
75008 Paris
OESTERREICHISCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM SEIBERSDORF GESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
Address
Kramergasse 1
1010 Wien
PHILIPS MEDICAL SYSTEMS NEDERLAND B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Veenpluis 4-6
5684 PC Best
POZNAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Poland
Address
Pl. Marii Sklodowskiej-curie 5
SKR. POCZT. 85 Poznan
QA SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Amersfoortestraat 124
3769 AN Soesterberg
RESOLUT GMBH
Germany
Address
Antonien Strasse 3
06749 Bitterfeld
SADIEL, S.A. - SOCIEDAD ANDALUZA PARA EL DESARROLLO DE LA INFORMATICA Y LA ELECTRONICA
Spain
Address
Av/isaac Newton, Sn. Edificio Sadiel. Isla De Cartuja
41092 Sevilla
SODALIA S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via V. Zambra 1
38100 Trento
SOFIISKI UNIVERSITET "SVETI KLIMENT OHRIDSKI"
Bulgaria
Address
Tzar Osvobodi Tel Blv 15
1000 Sofia
STERIA
France
Address
12 Rue Paul Dautier
78140 Velizy
TEKKVA CONSULT
Denmark
Address
Niels Jernes Vej 10
9220 Aalborg
THALES
France
Address
45 Rue De Villiers
92200 Neuilly Sur Seine
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Address
Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHUMBRIA AT NEWCASTLE
United Kingdom
Address
Ellison Bldgs Ellison Place
NE1 8ST Newcastle Upon Tyne
VOLVO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Sweden
Address
14 V Goetalands Laen 80 Goeteborg Kommun
405 08 Goeteborg