Due to a steadily increasing market and budget pressure, the development and maintenance of IT systems have to become more efficient and more effective in the future. The approach of cloud-based services allows an on-demand usage of software solutions and might be a first step in the direction of a more efficient and effective procurement of IT solutions. Combining this with the paradigm of service-oriented architectures, individualized IT services might be composed and used to fulfill certain business demands.
This service-oriented paradigm combined with the idea of deploying services in the cloud was one of the motivating starting points of the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 901 On-The-Fly Computing (OTF Computing), which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and conducted at the University of Paderborn since 2011. The objective of CRC 901 is to develop techniques and processes for automatic on-the-fly configuration and provision of individual IT services out of base services that are available on world-wide markets.
|Speaker Bio: Gregor Engels
Gregor Engels received his PhD in Computer Science in 1986. Between 1991 and 1997 he held the position of Chair of Software Engineering and Information Systems at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. Since 1997, he is Professor of Informatics at the University of Paderborn, Germany. Currently, he is also director of two technology transfer labs at the University of Paderborn, the s-lab – Software Quality Lab and the C-LAB, where more than 50 PhD students do joint research with industrial partners. His research interests are in the area of model-driven software development, software architecture, and software quality assurance.
Selling and delivering customer specific solutions is a very labor intensive work and doesn’t scale. Competition is high and margins are low. Every deal is tailored to the individual customer needs and reuse is limited. There are still ways how to turn customer specific solutions into products and services which can be sold multiple times. This has impact on the entire value chain of an organization, its processes and roles.
|Speaker Bio: Almer Podbicanin
Almer Podbicanin is in the software industry since 16 year. He has a track record of proven leadership skills and is now responsible for the product portfolio of SAP Custom Development. Prior to that he was responsible for the implementation and roll-out of Lean and Agile into the entire SAP software development organization. Further he has led the CRM software development in Germany and various strategic development projects across the entire product range of SAP. Prior to SAP he had various project management and consulting positions at IBM.
"Patents for software" is a highly disputed topic and has been so for the last decade. Yet patents are a societal reality. Some see them as a threat, and for many others they are an opportunity - an opportunity to protect their intellectual investments and get the reward they have earned through their efforts.
Patents are one form of intellectual property and can be part of an economical portfolio - but they can also be dangerous if infringement of someone else's existing patent looms.
SMEs and universities who know how to use patents and other forms of IP in the best way are in a stronger position. Our task is to give them the knowledge they need. We can explain what kinds of innovation are patentable in Europe. We can show where patent infringement is a possible risk and how to protect oneself against it. There are differences in the patenting procedures in different countries, notably the USPTO and the EPO - SMEs and universities need to understand these. In short, we at the European Patent Office see it as our duty to inform on all these issues.
Speaker Bio: Wolfgang König
Dr. Wolfgang König received his PHD in Physics, he is employed by the European Patent Office since 1996 and works in the field of "Computer-Implemented Inventions".