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Open Source Software Reuse Service for SMEs

Open Source Software Reuse Service for SMEs

Objective

The proposed project aims to develop a set of methodologies, associated tools, and business models centred on SME Associations, which will enable software SMEs to effectively introduce Open Source Software Reuse practises in their production processes. In this scope, software reuse is regarded as the sharing of software modules across different development teams, organisations, and diverse application domains. The potential benefits from the adoption of Software Reuse practises by software SMEs could provide substantial competitive advantages against large players by improving productivity, increasing competitiveness (offer more competitive prices), and facilitating entrance to new markets. The main reasons prohibiting the adoption of Software Reuse solutions by software SMEs are the following: (1) The large initial investments in technology know-how and tools required for a successful software reuse program are inhibiting reuse for SMEs, since their budget is limited. (2) Effective accumulation of modules requires multiple products in different application domains. Software development SMEs typically develop only a limited number of products or just a single system that evolves in different versions. (3) The market presently lacks services that would allow the effective identification, cataloguing, reshaping and utilisation of open source software components. This significantly prohibits the reuse of code concerning application functionality, which is common to a limited set of domains. The OPEN-SME project aims to provide a viable solution to the aforementioned SME problems, by developing appropriate methodologies and tools, and defining adequate business models that will allow SME Associations to effectively provide Open Source Software Reuse services to their member software SMEs. In this sense, SME Associations will act as the “software reuse departments” of their members.

Coordinator

ENOSI MIHANIKON PLIROFORIKIS & EPIKINONION ELLADOS (Greek Association of Computer Engineers)

Address

Karageorgi Servias 7
10563 Athens

Greece

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 123 083

Administrative Contact

Dimitrios Drakoulis (Dr.)

Participants (10)

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DRUSTVO ZA INFORMACIONE SISTEME I RACUNARSKE MREZE INFORMACIONO DRUSTVO SRBIJE UDRUZENJE

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 34 570

EPISTIMONIKO TECHNIKO EPIMELITIRIO KYPROU (Technical Chamber of Cyprus)

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 163 342

TEKNIKBYN SCIENCE PARK VASTERAS AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 264 782

SOLINET GMBH TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 224 224

GNOMON Informatics SA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 114 320

MAELARDALENS HOEGSKOLA

Sweden

TELETEL TECHNOLOGIA TILEPIKOINONION KAI PLIROFORIKIS ANONYMI EMPORIKI VIOMICHANIKI ETAIREIA

Greece

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT

Netherlands

BITGEAR WIRELESS DESIGN SERVICES DOO

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 199 792

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 243768

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2010

  • End date

    30 June 2012

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 504 061,40

  • EU contribution

    € 1 124 113

Coordinated by:

ENOSI MIHANIKON PLIROFORIKIS & EPIKINONION ELLADOS (Greek Association of Computer Engineers)

Greece