Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:


Optimizing Business Models and Development Processes: New Tools based on Software-Cluster Research

Two new tools based on research results from the German Software-Cluster are helping companies to review and further develop their business models and software development processes.

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” (

The Business Model Wizard is based on the contributions of the following partners:
SAP AG, The Technical University Darmstadt, ConWeaver GmbH, The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (IGD) and Software AG.

Link to the Business Model Wizard:

Software Process Wizard

Software development processes need to satisfy many demands for quality, speed, and cost. Lean, agile, and traditional methods are available for this purpose. But are they really the right methods for each personal challenge? The “Software Process Wizard” is the prototype of a service which allows you to quickly and conveniently evaluate software development processes and to derive tangible recommendations for optimization. It has been available online since February 2013. Its data basis continues to grow daily. It is based upon interviews with developers from SAP AG, Software AG, and imc AG. The companies also participated in developing the Software Process Wizard.

Link to Software Process Wizard:

Bernd Hartmann | idw
Further information:

All articles from Information Technology >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Light-driven atomic rotations excite magnetic waves

Terahertz excitation of selected crystal vibrations leads to an effective magnetic field that drives coherent spin motion

Controlling functional properties by light is one of the grand goals in modern condensed matter physics and materials science. A new study now demonstrates how...

Im Focus: New 3-D wiring technique brings scalable quantum computers closer to reality

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.

"The quantum socket is a wiring method that uses three-dimensional wires based on spring-loaded pins to address individual qubits," said Jeremy Béjanin, a PhD...

Im Focus: Scientists develop a semiconductor nanocomposite material that moves in response to light

In a paper in Scientific Reports, a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute describes a novel light-activated phenomenon that could become the basis for applications as diverse as microscopic robotic grippers and more efficient solar cells.

A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a revolutionary, light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite material that can be used...

Im Focus: Diamonds aren't forever: Sandia, Harvard team create first quantum computer bridge

By forcefully embedding two silicon atoms in a diamond matrix, Sandia researchers have demonstrated for the first time on a single chip all the components needed to create a quantum bridge to link quantum computers together.

"People have already built small quantum computers," says Sandia researcher Ryan Camacho. "Maybe the first useful one won't be a single giant quantum computer...

Im Focus: New Products - Highlights of COMPAMED 2016

COMPAMED has become the leading international marketplace for suppliers of medical manufacturing. The trade fair, which takes place every November and is co-located to MEDICA in Dusseldorf, has been steadily growing over the past years and shows that medical technology remains a rapidly growing market.

In 2016, the joint pavilion by the IVAM Microtechnology Network, the Product Market “High-tech for Medical Devices”, will be located in Hall 8a again and will...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>



Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

Agricultural Trade Developments and Potentials in Central Asia and the South Caucasus

14.10.2016 | Event News

World Health Summit – Day Three: A Call to Action

12.10.2016 | Event News

Latest News

Oasis of life in the ice-covered central Arctic

24.10.2016 | Earth Sciences

‘Farming’ bacteria to boost growth in the oceans

24.10.2016 | Life Sciences

Light-driven atomic rotations excite magnetic waves

24.10.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

More VideoLinks >>>