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Advanced technologies for interoperability of heterogeneous enterprise networks and their applications

Advanced technologies for interoperability of heterogeneous enterprise networks and their applications

Objective

Increasing collaboration among enterprises during the entire product lire cycle is a global trend; Organizations are transforming themselves into "networked organizations". To achieve this, enterprise systems and applications need to be interoperable in order to achieve seamless business interaction across organizational boundaries. Currently, enterprises face many difficulties related to lack of interoperability. Interoperability, defined as "the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged", needs to be addressed in respect of all layers of an enterprise (including ICT Systems, Knowledge, Business and Semantics). It needs to be tackled using a holistic perspective, a multi-disciplinary approach, and by bringing together the best research teams, industry expertise and ICT suppliers.

ATHENA aims to be the most comprehensive and systematic European research initiative in IT to remove barriers to interoperability, to transfer and apply the research results in industrial sectors, and to foster a new- networked business culture. Building on its vision statement "By 2010, enterprises will be able to seamlessly interoperate with others", ATHENA aims to enable interoperability by providing a comprehensive Interoperability Framework. In ATHENA, Research and Development will be executed in synergy and collaboration with Community Building: research will be guided by business requirements defined by a broad range of industrial sectors and integrated into Piloting and Training. ATHENA will be a source of technical inventions for interoperability. It will also lead to prototypes, technical specifications, guidelines and best practices that form a common European repository of knowledge.

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Coordinator

SAP AG

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Dietmar Hopp Allee 16
69190 Walldorf

Germany

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Participants (24)

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ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO EN LA INDUSTRIA DEL MUEBLE Y AFINES

Spain

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY ACTION GROUP

United States

AVAG HOLDING AG

Germany

CAS SOFTWARE AG

Germany

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SOCIETA CONSORTILE PER AZIONI

Italy

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER KUENSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH

Germany

EUROPEAN AERONAUTIC DEFENCE AND SPACE COMPANY EADS FRANCE (EADS FRANCE)

France

FACULTY OF ORGANIZATIONAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE

Serbia

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

FUNDACION EUROPEAN SOFTWARE INSTITUTE

Spain

GRUPPO FORMULA S.P.A.

Italy

IBM UNITED KINGDOM LIMITED

United Kingdom

INSTITUT EUROPEEN D'ADMINISTRATION DES AFFAIRES

France

INTRACOM S.A. TELECOM SOLUTIONS

Greece

ITREC - GESTION

France

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

SINTEF - STIFTELSEN FOR INDUSTRIELL OG TEKNISK FORSKNING VED NORGES TEKNISKE HOEGSKOLE

Norway

SMC INFORMATIONSTECHNOLOGIEN AG

Germany

TROUX TECHNOLOGIES AS

Norway

TXT E-SOLUTIONS SPA

Italy

UNINOVA - INSTITUTO DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DE NOVAS TECNOLOGIAS

Portugal

UNIVERSITAT ST GALLEN

Switzerland

UNIVERSITE DE BORDEAUX I SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 507849

  • Start date

    1 February 2004

  • End date

    31 March 2007

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 26 207 361

  • EU contribution

    € 14 399 999

Coordinated by:

SAP AG

Germany