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Tools for Reusable, Integrated, Adaptable Learning - Systems/standards for Open Learning Using Tested Interoperable Objects and Networking

Objective

The project proposes to enhance the benefits of the Information Society for Europe by assisting European organisations and enterprises in the development of their software programmes and products in collaboration with programmers in the New Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union, primarily in Russia, Ukraine and Armenia. The project will design, implement and trial a pan-European software outsourcing service that will institutionalise for European organisations and enterprises application development in the NIS. By the end of the project, a trial service will have been designed, built and experimented with, enabling NIS software units (companies, institutes and laboratories) to explore sophisticated charging options and business models with their European customers.

OBJECTIVES
The United Nations International Labour Organization (UNILO) warned on 11 December 2000 that Europe was facing an information technology labour shortage. The UNILO believes the EU will be short some 1.6 million IT workers by 2002, a figure which constitutes 13% of the total jobs available. The shortage will slow European growth, increase inflation on the Continent and stimulate immigration from Central Europe into Western Europe. Over the long term, the increased immigration might improve the EU's economic performance but will undermine Central Europe's one. The project proposes to enhance the benefits of the Information Society for Europe by assisting European organisations and enterprises in the development of their software programmes and products in collaboration with the programmers in the New Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union, primarily in Russia, Ukraine and Armenia. The project will design, implement and trial a pan-European software outsourcing service that will institutionalise for European organisations and enterprises application development in the NIS. By the end of the project we will have designed, built and experimented with a trial service, that will enable NIS software units (companies, institutes and laboratories) to explore sophisticated charging options and business models with their European customers.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
A trial pan-European service of software outsourcing to the NIS will be designed and experimented with. It will enable European customers to explore different business models with their service providers in the NIS. Measurable improvements for end-users are: major savings on professional charges, recruitment and training of new staff, office space rental and services, rapid access to qualified workforce, better utilisation of organisation's local resources, better access to the NIS technology and know-how, more effective competition in global market.

Measurable improvements for outsourcing providers using our project are: access to European software standards and quality demands, software development contracts through our extended pan-European network, training, certification, building company profile, joint ventures, etc.

Using the above platform, we will show to what extent
(1) the demand for IT personnel can be eased and managed effectively through outsourcing of software development to the NIS and
(2) customers can flexibly access both high price and low price services, depending on their particular application needs, instead of being limited to a single best-effort service. Analysis will be performed to show the stability, fairness and profitability of charging and the efficient operation and management of the project.

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UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
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