One of the trends in the global market is the increasing collaboration among enterprises. Organisations are transforming themselves into "networked organisations" in order to increase their flexibility and reduce operational costs. They need to interact with a wide community of buyers, sellers and partners, and to adopt more dynamic trading and collaborative working practices. Enterprise systems and applications need to be interoperable in order to achieve seamless business interaction across organisational boundaries and thus realise networked organisations. Insufficient interoperability is a major impediment to the adoption of new business models that could enhance productivity and competitiveness, which is among the objectives of the Lisbon Strategy to modernise the European economy and to build a knowledge based economy in Europe.
AIDIMA (ES), TROUX (NO), DFKI (DE), EADS-CCR (FR), ESI (ES), FORMULA (IT), FHG IPK (DE), IBM (GB), IC-FOCUS (GB), INSEAD, INTRACOM (GR), ITREC (FR), LEKS (IT), SAP AG (DE), SIEMENS (DE), SINTEF (NO), TXT (IT), University Bordeaux I (FR) UNINOVA (PT), IWI-HSG