Answare is an ICT-based and ISO 9001:2000 certified SME founded in 2002 and based in Alcorcón (Madrid). The company portfolio includes the provision of consultancy services, the delivery of turn-key solutions and the development of R&D projects with specialization on the following technological paradigms: monitoring&control, decision support, optimization, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), mobile applications and services. Answare operates in international markets and for a large spectrum of industrial and service sectors: AeroSpace (earth observation, satellite communications, satellite navigation), Defence and Security, Telecommunications, Energy and eHealth.
ATC is an Information Technology Company founded in 1987, and based in Athens, Greece, offering solutions and services to the Media, Banking, Retail and Public sectors as well as horizontal solutions focusing on Content Management, Web Applications, eLearning, Human Capital Resource Management and Mobile Applications. ATC is an SME with activities spanning among several countries in the EU, the Balkans and Eastern Europe. The company provides a broad spectrum of value-added products and services such as consulting, customer training, installation and maintenance, warranty and post-warranty services, SLA projects, project management, and professional support. Central to the Company¡¯s strategy is the conduction of vivid Research and Development, focusing both in improving current Products and Solutions, as well as in exploring new technologies for future growth.
CINI is a consortium of 30 Italian universities (Bari, Bologna, Bolzano, Brescia, Ca' Foscari di Venezia, Calabria, Cassino, Catania, Ferrara, Firenze, Genova, Lecce, Milano, Milano-Bicocca, Napoli “Federico II”, Napoli Seconda Università, Università Parthenope, Palermo, Parma, Pavia, Piemonte Orientale, Pisa, Roma "La Sapienza", Roma Tor Vergata, Salerno, Torino, Trento, Udine, Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa.) established in 1998 and recognized by the Ministry of the University. It is a non-profit organization aiming at promoting research activities in computer science at national and international level. Therefore, CINI integrates the resources of the Italian universities working in the computer science area to promote and coordinate basic and applied research, knowledge transfer and promotion among the universities and between universities and other parties (at national and international level) including research centers and companies. CINI is spread across the entire Italian territory through local units that carry out the different research activities.
Engineering Ingegneria Informatica Group is a major players in the Italian Information Technology services sector and a leader in the market of System and Business Integration and Outsourcing, representing 55% and 30% of its revenues respectively. The Group's annual revenues are around €335 Million and it employs over 4,000 people. The Group operates on all market segments - banks, insurance, industry, telecommunications, defence, healthcare, central and local public administration, utility and strategic consultancy - offering in each segment technological expertise in developing and managing complex information systems for more than 700 client companies.
France Telecom, one of the world's leading telecommunications operators, had consolidated sales of 53.5 billion euros in 2008 and a customer base of more than 182 million customers in 30 countries. Orange, the Group's single brand for Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the company operates, now covers 123 million customers. At the end of 2008, the Group had 122 million mobile customers worldwide and 13 million broadband Internet (ADSL) customers in Europe. Orange is the number three mobile operator and the number one provider of broadband Internet services in Europe and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies. The Group's strategy, which is characterized by a strong focus on innovation, convergence and effective cost management, aims to establish Orange as an integrated operator and benchmark for new telecommunications services in Europe. Today the Group remains focused on its core activities as a network operator, while working to develop its position in new growth activities. To meet customer expectations, the Group strives to provide products and services that are simple and user friendly, while maintaining a sustainable and responsible business model that can be adapted to the requirements of a fast-paced and changing eco-system. France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key IBM Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era of on demand business.
The IT Innovation Centre is an international leader in applied research, focused on enabling take-up of novel IT, particularly by industry and commerce. We research, develop, architect, engineer and integrate innovative IT systems, delivering proofs-of-concept, demonstrators and novel operational systems. In our wide-ranging project portfolio we are advancing the deployment of secure service-oriented systems and enabling the Future Internet. We work in a spirit of partnership, ensuring effective transfer of knowledge. Located on the Southampton Science Park in the UK, the IT Innovation Centre is part of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton.
Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland.
SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software(*), offering applications and services that enable companies of all sizes and in more than 25 industries to become best-run businesses. With more than 86,000 customers in over 120 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE, under the symbol “SAP.” For more information, visit www.sap.com.
SAP Research is the global technology research unit of SAP. The group significantly contributes to SAP's product portfolio and extends its leading position in the market by identifying and shaping emerging IT trends and generating breakthrough technologies through applied research.
In contrast to SAP’s product groups and development labs that work on new functions and releases, the researchers explore opportunities that haven’t yet been developed into products.
SAP Research spreads its research and development activities around the globe. Currently, their thriving network comprises of 15 centers worldwide, their headquarters in Walldorf, and numerous partners from the business and academic worlds. (Additional information is available at www.sap.com/research.)
(*) SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource planning and related applications.
Siemens (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electrical engineering and electronics. The company has roughly 400,000 employees working to develop and manufacture products, design and install complex systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of services for individual requirements. Siemens provides innovative technologies and comprehensive know-how to benefit customers in nearly 190 countries. Founded more than 160 years ago, the company is active in the sectors of Industry, Energy and Healthcare. They comprise divisions which are among others responsible for Industry Automation, Drive Technologies, Building Technologies, Industry Solutions, Mobility, Lighting, Fossil Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas, Energy Service, Power Transmission, Power Distribution, Imaging & IT, Workflow & Solutions, Diagnostics and IT Solutions and Services. In fiscal year 2007 (ended September 30), Siemens had sales of €72.4 billion and net income of €3.909 billion.
SINTEF, situated in Trondheim and Oslo, is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. Our 2000 employees support every year the development of around 2000 Norwegian and overseas companies via our R&D activities. Participation in NESSI is conducted by SINTEF ICT - one of 7 research divisions within SINTEF. SINTEF ICT, with 300 employees and 9 research departments, offers integrated research-based knowledge via access to a broad platform of technology and expertise in ICT. A wide range of topics are covered, including micro and nano technology, photonics, communication technology, computational software, information systems, software and service engineering, security and safety.
Software AG is the global leader in Business Process Excellence. Our 40 years of innovation include the invention of the first high-performance transactional database, Adabas; the first business process analysis platform, ARIS; and the first B2B server and SOA-based integration platform, webMethods.
We offer our customers end-to-end business process management (BPM) solutions delivering low Total-Cost-of-Ownership and high ease of use. Our industry-leading brands, ARIS, webMethods, Adabas, Natural, CentraSite and IDS Scheer Consulting, represent a unique portfolio encompassing: process strategy, design, integration and control; SOA-based integration and data management; process-driven SAP implementation; and strategic process consulting and services.
Software AG had revenues of €1.1 billion in 2010 and has more than 5,400 employees serving 10,000 enterprise and public institution customers across 70 countries. Our comprehensive software and services solutions allow companies to continuously achieve their business results faster. The company is headquartered in Germany and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE 0003304002 / SOW).
Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, serving defence, aerospace, security and services markets worldwide. The Group employs 61,000 people throughout the world and generated revenues of 10.3 billion euros in 2004.
Services within Thales
With 1.4 billion euros (including 1.1 outside Thales) revenues and 10,000 employees worldwide, the Services division provides a global offer including consulting, integration solutions and outsourcing for private sector (transport, industry, energy and finance) and the public sector (civil administration and defence).
TIE is a SME Headquartered in the Netherlands and providing Products and Services in the field of eBusiness. Its primary domain areas are B2B integration, Data Synchronisation, Collaborative Planning and Financial Reporting solutions with a client base ranging from Micro-enterprises to Corporates. TIE is currently leads the management forum for the United Nations CEFACT organisation which administers the eBusiness standards ebXML and UN/EDIFACT. R&D accounts for 15% in its activity (12 people). Countries: Netherlands (HQ), France, US (Boston and Minneapolis), Hungary
UPM - 5,500 people of which 3,274 in R&D-is one of Europe's foremost Research Universities, with a very solid track record of collaborations in research and innovation projects with the European software industry. UPM has agreements with industries and other universities throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia.
In research and industry projects with partners across Europe, Paluno develops scientific, yet pragmatic approaches to engineer such complex software systems – for the infrastructures of the future as well as the application landscapes of today. paluno’s research and transfer paradigm encourages mutal benefit from basic research, applied research and bilateral industry cooperations. Our research teams join competencies covering all phases and layers of software engineering, and bring in experience from application domains as diverse as insurance, automotive, health, energy, and logistics.
The foundation for the achievement of paluno's ambitious objectives is built by its six executive board members: Prof. Dr. Stefan Eicker, Prof. Dr. Michael Goedicke, Prof. Dr. Volker Gruhn, Prof. Dr. Maritta Heisel, Prof. Dr. Klaus Pohl and Prof. Dr. Enrico Rukzio.
They all have - with different thematic emphasis - extensive experience in scientific and practical projects in Software Engineering. By merging their research groups they created an excellent team of researchers at the highest stage. It already is involved in two Networks of Excellence ("NoE") in Europe's elite research.