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Service Design Studio

IT logistics companies can tap into new markets by offering their existing services – be it software for tracking ships, route planning or picking and packing – in a cloud environment. The provisioning of software via the internet calls for new methods of invoicing and management of the services.

Software is also usually still sold under licence, especially in the logistics industry, installed on computers and used on a stationary basis. The latest technologies are now opening up new ways to provide software to users. These include putting the software in virtual cloud-oriented market places. Logistics IT companies are therefore having to offer new methods of invoicing, for example transaction-, volume- or user-dependent payment models, not to mention complying with raised security requirements for the sensitive cloud environment.

Objective of the Joint Project

In the joint project applications are being developed which will allow existing logistics software to be made available commercially as cloud computing solutions – both with regard to invoicing and security. The solutions are tested on established standard logistics applications. For the invoicing, real-time invoicing models from the mobile phone sector (e.g. pay-per-use, prepaid) are transferred to the logistics market. Cloud computing helps IT logistics companies to tap into new markets for their products. The result is that the users in the logistics industry also benefit from the developments in the joint project because the software can be made available in the new environment faster and more cheaply, for more flexible use.

Specific Innovations

Functionalities to invoice usage and protect access are being developed in order to make software cloud-compatible. These functionalities (aspects) do not change but instead enhance the software. The modalities for invoicing, security, authorisation and authentication are stored in a description of services which can be read by humans and machines and can be layered around software. At the same time the new services are configured in such a way that they can be placed in several possible virtual market places, also competing with one another. The target platforms include firstly the Fraunhofer development Logistics Mall, with Amazon Web Services, Google AppEngine or Microsoft Azure planned for the medium to long term.

Partners in the Project

Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering

 

Orga Systems GmbH

 

Sopera GmbH

 

Tarent solutions GmbH

Solutions which make existing software cloud-compatible will benefit IT logistics companies and logistics users equally.

Contact person

Dipl.-Inform.
Sebastian Steinbuß

 

Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering

Phone: +49 (0) 231 97 677 428

E-Mail:
sebastian.steinbuß
@isst.fraunhofer.de

Facts & Figures

Start of the Project

01/07/2010

Project Duration
36 months

Project Volume
2,0 Mio. Euro

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