The INFRAWEBS approach provides "intelligent" tools and systems for establishing, optimising and enhancing dynamic collaboration and development platforms for SW service analysis, design and maintenance. The framework will support different organisations in their organisational workflow, service integration, and sharing of resources - handling their services within the full web service life cycle - and applying a broad class of services.
It is designed as a flexible and reconfigurable platform, which enables the organisations to build faster and more effective partnerships with respect to the service generation, execution and distribution process.
It is one further step in the direction of implementing the European vision of "fast reaction and interchange in virtual enterprises and entities". Virtual enterprises could be established consisting of several building blocks, modules, products, and services which are interchanged, modified and optimised within collaboration and development platforms.
Being directly connected to business partners and having direct access to their services and products, advances the stimulation of innovation "through positive effects on the knowledge value chain".
The system immanent property, consisting in the fact that the platform partners have the ability to change their action role within the development platform - to be client, broker and service provider within the same environment - ensures a highly dynamic and efficient service production process and workflow.
With respect to competitiveness, nowadays it is absolutely necessary and indispensable to be - flexible - highly dynamic - and fast but at the same time - precise - profound - and stable in interactions with customers, clients and partners, especially in the business area. Modern dynamic, reconfigurable, and scalable platforms and frameworks like the Infrawebs support and contribute to the goal of "reinforcing competitiveness" especially in the European dimension.
Distributed decision support systems and tools open complex and impervious structures to the user and the customer. The user is to be guided unambiguously through complex procedures like SW service design, analysis and execution.
In this sense, such systems and frameworks increase the human effectiveness and capability to reinforce competitiveness.
The application and use of such development platforms will decrease and minimise the productivity gap (ITEA) between the existing amount of software in service products and the individual software productivity. This will be achieved by applying decision supported service development, conjointly design, composing, and incorporating of services and closed loop handling and treatment of the life cycle of SW services (Quality of Service Brokering, experience feedback, reusability, evaluation and optimisation).
The coupling and integration of knowledge management units (Broker) and dynamic SW service production and execution units (SWU) invokes on the user side a comprehensive stimulation of creativity in service generation processes. Based on features for service specific knowledge scanning yields in stimulation with respect to create and generate new products along the B2B added value chain.
Huge costs in relation to human working hours and resources are obvious. Agent based semantic web services will reduce information stray and redundancy and will have a positive effect on users and customers. The application of semantic web tools will improve the commercial use of the web and enhance the level of confidence between negotiation partners. This will broaden the use of the internet as a self evident tool of commerce and will reduce market inefficiencies.
Especially related to the integration within small-to-medium-business interactions and networks the proposed framework is able to show substantial increases in information usefulness.