State of the Art Solutions in Enterprise Interoperability

Silke Balzert; Thomas Burkhart; Dirk Werth; Michal Laclavik; Martin Seleng; Nikolay Mehandjiev; Martin Carpenter; Ian Duncan Stalker(2010)
In: Enterprise Information Systems for Business Integration in SMEs: Technological,Organizational, and Social Dimensions, IGI Global, S. S. 201-229

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More than 99% of European enterprises are SMEs. While collaboration with other enterprises provides potential for improving business performance, enterprise interoperability research has yet to produce results which can be used by SMEs without the need for high start-up costs (e.g. learning, infrastructure and installation costs). Therefore the Commius project (funded by the European Union) aims towards the development of such a “zero costs of entry” interoperability solution for SMEs, allowing them to reuse existing and familiar applications for electronic communication. This chapter provides an overview of the research field “Enterprise Interoperability.” Based on a four layer interoperability framework, this chapter will examine which technical, process-based and semantic solutions for enterprise interoperability are available at the moment and which strategic motives drive or prevail SMEs to engage in E-business activities.