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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.

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Coordinator

FUNDACION EUROPEAN SOFTWARE INSTITUTE

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Parque Tecnologico De Zamudio 204
48170 Zamudio

Spain

Administrative Contact

Sergio BANDINELLI

Participants (32)

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ALENIA MARCONI SYSTEMS S.P.A.

Italy

ASESORIA JURIDICA INFORMATICA S.L.

Spain

ATOS ORIGIN SA

Spain

AXCENT MEDIA AG

Germany

B-KIN SOFTWARE S.L.

Spain

BUSINESS EDGE LIMITED

Ireland

CENTRO DE TRATAMIENTO DE INFORMACION, S.A.

Spain

DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG

Germany

DELTA DANISH ELECTRONICS, LIGHT & ACOUSTICS

Denmark

ELCA INFORMATIQUE SA

Switzerland

ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA

Italy

GENESIS DEVELOPMENT S.R.L.

Italy

GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

IBERMATICA S.A.

Spain

INDRA SISTEMAS, S.A.

Spain

INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMTECHNIK BREMEN GMBH

Germany

IT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING LTD.

Hungary

LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES FRANCE

France

OESTERREICHISCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM SEIBERSDORF GESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

PHILIPS MEDICAL SYSTEMS NEDERLAND B.V.

Netherlands

POZNAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Poland

QA SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL B.V.

Netherlands

RESOLUT GMBH

Germany

SADIEL, S.A. - SOCIEDAD ANDALUZA PARA EL DESARROLLO DE LA INFORMATICA Y LA ELECTRONICA

Spain

SODALIA S.P.A.

Italy

SOFIISKI UNIVERSITET "SVETI KLIMENT OHRIDSKI"

Bulgaria

STERIA

France

TEKKVA CONSULT

Denmark

THALES

France

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHUMBRIA AT NEWCASTLE

United Kingdom

VOLVO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Sweden

Project information

Grant agreement ID: IST-2000-26436

  • Start date

    1 January 2001

  • End date

    31 October 2002

Funded under:

FP5-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 473 306

  • EU contribution

    € 473 306

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION EUROPEAN SOFTWARE INSTITUTE

Spain