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Kreiner C.,Graz University of Technology | Messnarz R.,ISCN LTD GesmbH | Riel A.,EMIRACLE Association | Ekert D.,ISCN LTD GesmbH | And 3 more authors.
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2013

This paper discusses (based on the EU project AQUA) how the core elements of three complementary approaches and standards can be integrated into one compact skill set with training and best practices to be applied. In this project experts from Automotive SPICE (ISO 15504), Functional Safety (ISO 26262) and Lean Six Sigma collaborate. In a first analysis the experts identified an architecture of core elements where all three approaches fit together and where a holistic view about improvement is needed. The Automotive Clusters from Austria and Slovenia are trial partners and will roll out this knowledge in pilot courses to the industry. Other Automotive Clusters showed interest and will join the trial phase. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013.


Messnarz R.,ISCN LTD GesmbH | Kreiner C.,Graz University of Technology | Riel A.,Grenoble Institute of Technology | Tichkiewitch S.,Grenoble Institute of Technology | And 3 more authors.
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2014

AQUA stands for Knowledge Alliance for Training Quality and Excellence in Automotive. The AQUA project is financially supported by the European Commission in the Leonardo da Vinci part of the Lifelong Learning Programme under the project number EAC-2012-0635. This paper extends the EuroSPI 2013 publication [4] which discussed (based on the EU project AQUA) how the core elements of three complementary approaches (Automotive SPICE, Functional safety, Six Sigma) and standards can be integrated into one compact skill set with training and best practices to be applied. In this paper we describe the modular knowledge base which was elaborated and highlight some aspects where the integrated use of all three methods can be demonstrated. The results of the project are disseminated to Automotive industry in partnership with a set of European Automotive associations. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014.


Colomo-Palacios R.,Ostfold University College | Messnarz R.,ISCN GesmbH LTD | Siakas K.,ATEI Thessaloniki | Palosi D.,Dennis Gabor College | Coakley D.,Cork Institute of Technology
Journal of Software: Evolution and Process | Year: 2014

Business improvement is a hot topic in all business areas. In the last years, the unstoppable emergence of the use of social media by organizations and individuals alike has opened this tool for knowledge networking purposes. In this paper, the authors shed some light on how the traditional knowledge management approach has changed to a networked approach of knowledge sharing. Authors also explain how social media is used as a business tool, in particular in Information Technology industry environments. ECQA Certified Social Media Networker Skills (SIMS) is a new qualification that is available from 2013 and is meant to train and certify experts in the use of social media as a business improvement enabler and as a means for knowledge networking in organizational settings. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Ivanyos J.,Trusted Business Partners Ltd | Sandor-Kriszt E.,Budapest Business School | Messnarz R.,ISCN LTD GesmbH
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2015

ISO/IEC 15504 process capability assessments (or similar audit approaches) are widely used in specific industries and sectors, like automotive, medical, space, finance, etc. Most of these assessments are performed only at operational levels aiming up to level 2 (Managed) capability targets. The coverage of the governance objectives referred by the enabling processes of the Governance Model for Trusted Businesses helps to use the industry and sector specific process assessment models by establishing the applicable organizational contexts of level 3 (Established) and level 4 (Predictable) process attributes concerning to the operational and supporting business processes. The Managing Strategic Directions scenario-by adapting skills and processes from ECQA certified Governance Capability Assessor job role-helps the management to select and apply those governance practices which are relevant for improving and ensuring the better market recognition, the transparency and accountability of enterprise management, and the commitment to business excellence. This approach is also applicable for the key goals of future global innovation and networking aimed by the ECQA. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.


Fistis G.,Polytechnic University of Timişoara | Riel A.,Grenoble Institute of Technology | Messnarz R.,ISCN LTD GesmbH
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2014

In the last decades the innovation in engineering has been focused on producing reliable products and services. Also the international standards for work place safety, machine directive for safety and functional safety of a product have been considered. Usually such paradigm shifts in engineering mean that you must develop functions and services in these fields to sustain your leadership on the market. A new development in the last 10 years is the growing importance of social responsibility (Messnarz, 2014) based on the new published ISO 26000 standard (ISO 26000, 2010) for social responsibility. Based on that growing social awareness of industry and society new functions, features and services are developing which will form a large part of innovation in the next decade. This paper gives some outlook into that future. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014.


Airchinnigh M.M.,ISCN LTD Gesmbh
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2016

Functional Safety is always a featured topic of the EuroSPI conferences. Hence it seems to be a given to consider all those related technical aspects. In our culture the car seems to reign supreme. The car is now endowed with all sorts of technologies. Perhaps one of the key technologies is the breaking system? Another important aspect of the modern car is the air bag, and the seat belt. Both of these have been designed and tested. There is a cultural aspect to the car, the shape and look. Once cars were basically functional. Now they (all) have a certain well-designed aesthetic. But there is another foundational aspect to this: the formal method of design, of shape. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.

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