Database Systems and Information Management

BIZYCLE

Project goals 

A central prerequisite for successful corporate management is the ability to correlate all relevant data available in the IT systems used (e.g., accounting, human resources planning, production, logistics, sales) and in external sources in order to make them usable for the operational and strategic management of the company. Until now, this has often been possible only to a limited extent, as many IT systems are incompatible with each other and their data can only be exchanged or integrated with great effort. Every change resulting from the release of a new version or modification of the content of the IT systems used necessitates manual updating of the interfaces.
Only through unhindered and logically transparent access can the business-relevant linking and the overarching evaluation of the data from the various applications be achieved. Until now, this has not been implemented, or only to a limited extent, because corresponding cross-system and cross-application access, evaluation and processing options cannot be realized with economically justifiable effort on the basis of the technologies available today.
The consortium partners of the BIZYCLE growth core have joined forces to create the technological basis for the future development of software for comprehensive enterprise control through component integration within the framework of the innovative regional growth core BIZYCLE.

Based on this comprehensive process innovation, enterprise control solutions can be developed in the future that allow basically different components to be docked automatically and controlled centrally. Applications developed on the basis of this framework allow holistic access to all existing systems and thus the processing of all data, processes and information relevant to corporate management. The cost-intensive manual integration process is eliminated and replaced by a fundamentally automated process.

Consequently, the entire BIZYCLE platform offers services to support:

  •  technical interoperability (realization of communication mechanisms, data exchange and linking of functionalities between components),
  • data integration (linking of related information assets including the transformation of data into the required target structures and formats),
  • domain-specific interoperability (provision of required functionality based on specific requirements of the respective domain and associated products), and
  • additional services - both generic and domain-specific - needed for specific application scenarios (and as a result of the openness of the platform, additional services can be added at any time).

Methods, Tools and InfraStructure for the
Component Integration Platform of the BIZYCLE Growth Core The task in the ISKI joint project is the conception, design and creation of the basic platform components and services, as well as the development of an integrated software methodology for the BIZYCLE framework to support (semi-)automatic component integration in the application area of comprehensive enterprise management. In detail, methods and detailed specifications for the following components of the BIZYCLE framework are to be developed in the project (based on previously conducted research work/prototypical developments at the applicant and its collaborative partners), from which concrete architecture and software designs are to be derived and prototypically implemented together with the partners:

  • Component analysis (interoperability): analysis of conflicts that prevent interoperation between components.
  • Component analysis (data compatibility): analysis of conflicts between data schemas.
  • Metadata repository: creation of a repository that provides the common data and metadata for the other components in the framework. This includes: Managing components including their models at different levels of abstraction, metadata for component configuration, metadata describing the technologies involved, metadata and building blocks for generating connectors.
  • Model transformation: transformation of models with the goal of enabling abstraction or refinement of models between a technology-oriented representation and an analysis-oriented representation describing the components to be integrated.

Connector generation: creation of connectors to avoid/bridge incompatibilities between components based on identified conflicts and user requirements; this includes the generation of source code based on platform-specific models.
On this basis (and on the basis of the services provided by given middleware platforms as a basis for the BIZYCLE interoperability platform, such as "security" or "transaction" services), all services necessary to support interoperability, such as "life cycle management", "resource management" and "metadata management" based on the metadata repository) will be designed and implemented during the platform development.

Partners:

  • Cedavis Technology GmbH
  • FMK GmbH
  • KEH Spirem GmbH
  • Klopotek AG
  • PI Informatics GmbH
  • 8Hertz Technologies GmbH
  • TU Berlin, Faculty IV - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, DIMA

Project Duration: 12/2006 - 02/2007