The free offers, which are available online, build upon a growing data base and offer empirically based recommendations. They are results of research projects within the German Federal Government's Leading-Edge Cluster Competition.
Software Process Wizard
Decisions regarding business models and software development methods in the software industry have often been made more intuitively than empirically. If, for example, the emphasis is on a license model or software as a service (SaaS), will the emphasis be on lean software development or Scrum as the method?
These are questions that start-ups with little experience as well as established companies developing new products or services or subjecting their existing portfolio to close scrutiny need to answer. Companies and research institutes in the Software Cluster encompassing the area surrounding Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, and Saarbrücken are working together in several collaborative projects to maintain and increase the competitiveness of the German software industry. The latest results of this cooperation are the prototypes of two tools available free online:
Business Model Wizard
The Business Model Wizard allows for the comprehensive and standardized description of business models via a web interface. Benchmarking and evaluation of these business models is made possible through comparison with a constantly expanding reference database with current information about more than 500 IT companies in Germany. This results in suggestions for improvement regarding how one's business model can be optimally adapted to current needs. The tool's recommendations are based on the results of the annual “Software Industry Survey” (http://www.softwareindustrysurvey.de).The Business Model Wizard is based on the contributions of the following partners:
Stable magnetic bit of three atoms
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Drones can almost see in the dark
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At the productronica trade fair in Munich this November, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be presenting Laser-Based Tape-Automated Bonding, LaserTAB for short. The experts from Aachen will be demonstrating how new battery cells and power electronics can be micro-welded more efficiently and precisely than ever before thanks to new optics and robot support.
Fraunhofer ILT from Aachen relies on a clever combination of robotics and a laser scanner with new optics as well as process monitoring, which it has developed...
Plants and algae use the enzyme Rubisco to fix carbon dioxide, removing it from the atmosphere and converting it into biomass. Algae have figured out a way to increase the efficiency of carbon fixation. They gather most of their Rubisco into a ball-shaped microcompartment called the pyrenoid, which they flood with a high local concentration of carbon dioxide. A team of scientists at Princeton University, the Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University and the Max Plank Institute of Biochemistry have unravelled the mysteries of how the pyrenoid is assembled. These insights can help to engineer crops that remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while producing more food.
A warming planet
Our brains house extremely complex neuronal circuits, whose detailed structures are still largely unknown. This is especially true for the so-called cerebral cortex of mammals, where among other things vision, thoughts or spatial orientation are being computed. Here the rules by which nerve cells are connected to each other are only partly understood. A team of scientists around Moritz Helmstaedter at the Frankfiurt Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and Helene Schmidt (Humboldt University in Berlin) have now discovered a surprisingly precise nerve cell connectivity pattern in the part of the cerebral cortex that is responsible for orienting the individual animal or human in space.
The researchers report online in Nature (Schmidt et al., 2017. Axonal synapse sorting in medial entorhinal cortex, DOI: 10.1038/nature24005) that synapses in...
Whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonators are used to make tiny micro-lasers, sensors, switches, routers and other devices. These tiny structures rely on a...
Using ultrafast flashes of laser and x-ray radiation, scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (Garching, Germany) took snapshots of the briefest electron motion inside a solid material to date. The electron motion lasted only 750 billionths of the billionth of a second before it fainted, setting a new record of human capability to capture ultrafast processes inside solids!
When x-rays shine onto solid materials or large molecules, an electron is pushed away from its original place near the nucleus of the atom, leaving a hole...
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