Research Project FUSION
Business process fusion based on Semantically-enabled Service-oriented Business Applications
SMEs cooperating with international partners in the enlarged Europe need holistic Enterprise Applications
Integration (EAI) solutions in order to operate their e-business effectively. At the same time they are
facing intercultural barriers, since current interoperability and integration efforts are more focused on "data" of the systems rather than on
FUSION aims to promote efficient business collaboration and interconnection between enterprises
(including SMEs) by developing a framework and innovative technologies for the semantic fusion of
heterogeneous service-oriented business applications.
The research project FUSION is led by SAP AG and a consortium consisting of 14 partners from five European countries (Germany, Poland,
Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria), including Research Institutes, Technology Developers, Innovation Transfer
bodies as well as end users.
FUSION aims at a three-fold focus:
- Development of an innovative approach, methodology and integration mechanism for the semantic intregation
of a heterogenous set of business applications, platforms and languages within SMEs.
- Integration of research activities carried out in the Enlarged Europe in the
areas of Business Process Management, Semantic Web and Web Services.
- Validation of research results by developing proof-of-concept pilots in
collaborative commerce growth across semantically-enriched value networks across the Enlarged
Europe. In particular, FUSION will facilitate three trans-national cases.
The FUSION approach for Semantic Service-oriented Business Application integration covering
essential business processes between collaborative organizations.
The FUSION Methodology for Semantic Service-oriented Business Application Integration that
will facilitate the integration of business software applications.
The FUSION integration mechanism will simplify the interconnection of heterogeneous
information systems, resource sharing and services provision.
Three FUSION cases will prove the concepts and tools of the solution, concerning three different
"Enlarged Europe" use cases.