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The Networked Future: Software Technologies

Funded under: FP6-IST


Software, systems and services are at the heart of the knowledge economy and society. They form the basis of a global industry, worth some EUR 74 billion per year in the EU alone and are a major source of innovation and growth. In addition to the software vendor industry itself, they underpin the development of systems, products and services in many other industrial sectors. A competitive European software and service industry will be key to achieving the EU's Lisbon goals of greater competitiveness, sustainability and inclusion.
This brochure describes IST research on Software Technologies, showing the integrated nature of European research in this domain. It presents profiles of specific research areas holding a promising future, together with selected project descriptions to exemplify and illustrate key on-going research and technology development. It also describes the technology platform NESSI, an industry driven initiative that is developing a common research agenda for the field of services and software.
IST's research on software technologies aims to support the competitive position of the European software industry (notably SMEs) in more globalised and service-oriented markets. It is seeking solutions to improve the productivity of the software development process, master complexity and support the drive towards ambient intelligence. Research will provide the next generation of open and interoperable platforms, methodologies, middleware, standards and tools to easily create and deploy new types of software, systems and services.
The brochure is one of six in The Networked Future series, describing European funded research for Network and Communication Technologies.

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