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IBM, EU form cloud research consortium

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HAIFA, ISRAEL: IBM joined European Union, industry and academia, to launch a research consortium which aims to help businesses take advantage of Internet-based services - or "e-services".

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The unique effort focuses on the development of a new computer science model that will enable organizations to accelerate the typically time-intensive process around the coordination of e-services and increase the automation and efficiency around deploying new e-service blends.

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The research will also enable small to mid-sized businesses to create or join into flexible e-service blends, without investing in expensive IT expertise. The initiative will create open-source software to enable many organizations around the world take advantage of the technology.

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"Up until now, organizations have had to invest significant time and money in conventional, mostly manual blending and customizing efforts to enable their e-business service operations to communicate and work collaboratively," said Fabiana Fournier, consortium leader and scientist at IBM Research.

In the consortium, IBM researchers are collaborating with experts from: Sapienza Universita degli Studi di Roma, Italy; Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy; Imperial College Of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK; Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands; University of Tartu, Estonia; Indra Software Labs SLU, Spain; Collibra NV, Belgium.

Called Artifact-Centric Service Interoperation (ACSI), the project tackles the challenges faced by most e-businesses today in simplifying and streamlining the costly process of blending multiple, separately managed e-services into a dynamic, organic whole. The consortium plans to demonstrate that the new framework can reduce the cost of creating industry-specific service blends by 40 percent over conventional techniques.

ACSI interoperation hubs will be provided as SaaS — software as a service and hosted in cloud environments. This will enable businesses to enjoy a pay-per-use model for data storage, task executions, and service integration costs.

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