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Bockova N.,Ustav Ekonomiky | Broz Z.,Ustav Informatiky | Dohnal M.,Ustav Ekonomiky
Acta Universitatis Agriculturae et Silviculturae Mendelianae Brunensis

The objective of this article is to study the relations among financial indicators, competitiveness and business ethics of comparable small and medium-sized enterprises. A sample of 59 SMEs from the South Moravia region was chosen. All selected companies either produce or service electronics. This research is based on the application of scientific analysis, synthesis, induction, fuzzy logic and modeling. Information for this research was obtained from secondary information sources - Amadeus database, accounting statements and information from the register of companies. Each company is described by a set of 10 variables. Fuzzy sets and reasoning are ideal tools to cope with vague, ill-structured and uncertain scenarios which can be found frequently in business and economics. This is the main reason why fuzzy logic was used in this research. The paper is self-explanatory and no a prior knowledge of fuzzy reasoning is required. Source

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2007.1.3 | Award Amount: 3.83M | Year: 2008

More than 99% of European enterprises are SMEs. While collaboration with other enterprises provides potential for improving business performance, enterprise interoperability research is yet to produce results which can be used by SMEs without the need for high start-up costs (learning costs as well as system purchasing and installation costs). For a solution to be taken up by SMEs it must offer both zero costs of entry and zero time for set-up to the SMEs; its initial interaction with the system should follow familiar interaction patterns based on existing tools such as email or a web browser.\nCommius aims to deliver an adaptable and customisable software prototype, providing SMEs with zero-cost of entry into interoperability using the ideas behind the Interoperability Service Utility. This will be made possible by a number of innovative scientific, technical and business advances over the existing state-of-art.\nWe will build such an interoperability solution for SMEs, allowing them to reuse existing and familiar applications for electronic communication. The solution will be downloaded with an SMEs consent using automated self-installation routines. The solution will hook into their email infrastructure and collaboration systems such as Microsoft Exchange. It will then proceed to establish interoperability agreements with the peers of the SME at the levels of system, semantics and even process. Semantic analysis of actual enterprise data and documentsused within and exchanged between pairs of SMEswill form a core part of this process. \nThe consortium will validate results using 3 business cases: one business case comes from an technological district of SMEs; one from cross border interoperability and collaboration for European export; and one from inter-enterprise resource planning.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FoF-ICT-2011.7.3 | Award Amount: 1.83M | Year: 2011

Enterprise interoperability is the emerging need in Europe for joint projects and business facing new marketing challenges.\nIn multi-partner projects and business, aimed at developing innovative joint products, Large Enterprises suffer from a lack of synergy and cohesion with Medium-Small-Micro Enterprises due to the missing sharing of project information, flow of knowledge, synergy of workflows, etc. A novel level of integration is expected, while guaranteeing the security on proprietary information and preserving the already existing company management processes, fixed in years of past activity.\nThe VENIS project is aimed at bridging the gap of interoperability between Large and Medium-Small-Micro Enterprises, according to the Virtual Organisation paradigm:\n-\ta distributed and secure repository to share the information contained in the file systems, databases, ERPs, CRMs, and other legacy applications of the enterprises, connecting the IT Infrastructures from Large to Micro enterprises;\n-\ta set of lightweight web services for the smart integration of the information exchanged in joint works, based on legacy email systems and boosted by semantic annotations and search;\n-\ta distributed processes engine mechanism, able to link and execute the enterprises business processes, to assist the work in joint businesses and to create novel synergies in products supply chains.\nLatest documents and multimedia, meeting planning, joint work flow and milestones, etc. will be then easily available to all the persons involved both from Large to Micro enterprises, while leaving almost unchanged the already existing legacy procedures.\nThe Consortium, composed by 7 Partners skilled in international collaboration, is well balanced in expertise between technology developers and final users. The VENIS results will be disseminated on the Web and in International Conferences, thanks to the creation of a VENIS Community of users,\nBoosted by VENIS, the involved Enterprises expect to improve their competitive edge in joint projects, by exploiting the project results in their joint business and towards external market, bringing an estimated 15-20% increase of business during the 3 years following the end of the project.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2007.1.2 | Award Amount: 4.24M | Year: 2008

Todays growing wealth of digital data in Europe is poorly exploited. Advances in storage, pervasive computing, digital sensors and instrumentation have led to massive growth in the volume of data collected and the number and complexity of data repositories. This growing wealth of data has an increasing potential to yield great benefits to citizens, science and business as it contains vital hidden knowledge.\nTypically, to extract that knowledge requires data mining over combinations of data from multiple data resources. Today, designers, diagnosticians, decision makers or researchers who need such knowledge, face difficult hurdles. To extract information from heterogeneous and distributed sites, they have to specify in much detail the sources of data, the mechanisms for integrating them and the data mining strategies for exposing the hidden gems of information. Consequently, with the current state of the art, most of that hidden knowledge remains undiscovered.\nADMIRE will accelerate access to and increase the benefits that can be gained from data exploitation for the European citizen and economy. It will achieve this by delivering consistent and easy to use technology for extracting information and knowledge. To cope with complexity, change and heterogeneity of services, data, and processes, an abstract view of data mining and integration will be provided. This will provide power to users and developers of data mining and integration processes.\nThe ADMIRE infrastructure will enable a set of gateways connected together over the Internet and Grid. The gateways communicate with one another using ADMIRE-developed standard representations over the Infrastructure Service Bus. Each gateway provides a core set of data mining and integration services, which can be driven using a high-level language.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SEC-2013.5.1-1 | Award Amount: 4.33M | Year: 2014

Over the past 5 years the majority of the REDIRNET consortia have participated in Projects SECRICOM and FREESIC; this has involved partners engaging significantly with a wide range of public safety officers across the EU. A benefit of this engagement has been the recognition that in addition to agency interoperability of communications a pressing need exists for agency interoperability of additional IT systems such as databases, sensor systems and cameras. REDIRNET provides a framework for addressing this need with detailed mapping of user preferences and related legal requirements using innovative technologies. The consortium is aware that frequently it is non-technical issues that hinder agency interoperability regardless of the quality of technical solutions. Consequently user engagement across a range of agencies EU-wide will be ongoing throughout the duration of REDIRNET. This will lead to the first of two elements of the REDIRNET framework - a quality repository of user identified interoperability issues and proposals for their resolution The second element of REDIRNET will be technology. REDIRNET will provide a decentralized framework for interoperability for first responders systems based on a public meta-data gateway controlled by the agencies themselves via a REDIRNET socio-professional web. Agencies will be able link up to partner agencies of their choice and operational need; they will also be able to manage the scope of such interoperability. To help set up these link-up arrangements REDIRNET will be enhanced with semantic web methods in accordance with the vocabulary and processes of the user community. Inter-operating agencies will need only to develop one gateway (to REDIRNET) leading to a cost effective solution; agent technologies will also be developed to facilitate the integration of user systems into REDIRNET.

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