Information technology plays a central role in today’s competitive business world. Nearly every company relies on the proper functioning of its software. Software products are developed in highly complex processes. In order to satisfy the continually increasing demands for quality improvement and cost reduction of these processes, a systematic approach - an engineering - approach is needed.
The virtual Software Engineering Competence Center addresses the needs of thousands of companies that have to engineer increasingly complex software in an effective manner. In May 2001, eight research organizations started to integrate and process their knowledge in this field in an electronic knowledge base:
The competence center works together with national associations such as BITKOM, VDI, or VDMA, with local interest groups of small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as with universities. Cooperation includes an exchange of experience via the Internet portal, presentations and workshops, and project collaboration. The competence center is an open community, i.e., anyone can participate and contribute.
In its knowledge base, the center provides know-how and experience that is both generic and specific to application domains. Contact information is provided to experts on documented technologies. In addition, yellow pages that provide competence profiles are currently being developed. At the beginning, the center is focusing on two domains: critical systems and e-business. Critical systems addresses mission critical, safety critical, or business critical systems. E-business addresses all net-enabled software developments that support relationships and processes between business partners.
The project is well on track to becoming the prime address for German industry to find solutions for their problems in software development. The fast and simple access via the Internet specifically enables small and medium-size companies to benefit from state-of-the-art software methodology and to contact experts in an easy manner.
The center is co-funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) within the research project VSEK.
Further information: http://www.software-kompetenz.de