Leveraging the Cloud Ecosystem: The 4CaaSt Way!

Cloud computing is changing the way how software is produced today. However, cloud vendors compete in ecosystems that include competitors, complementors, infrastructure providers, development platform providers, orchestrators and many more. Hence, intermediaries like electronic marketplaces for cloud-based services become inevitable, as they increase transparency and facilitate more efficient market transactions within the cloud ecosystem.

The 4CaaSt marketplace provides a contribution to this research area by proposing a concept for a marketplace serving all types of cloud-based services (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, XaaS etc.). Social enhanced features are envisaged in order to individualize the marketplace’s user experience, to increase the relevance of search results, and to increase the precision of market analysis tools. A method of designing and optimizing business models of cloud service providers is introduced as well as an approach towards visualization; simulation and optimization of cloud service pricing is presented.

Get an eyeful of the two YouTube videos introducing the 4CaaSt Marketplace from a Service Providers View , as well as from a Service Consumers View.

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Please participate in our study about on demand platform solutions!

Your Feedback Requested!
We would like to ask for your feedback and experiences about on demand platform solutions, also known as platform as a service (PaaS). Your feedback is highly appreciated for designing future enhancements for the 4CaaSt platform.
We kindly ask you to participate in the following survey. It will take you about 15–20 minutes to complete this questionnaire. Of course, your input will be treated confidential and anonymous. Nonetheless, we ask you to fully complete the entire questionnaire to receive meaningful data.
We would like to thank you in advance for your participation. Your support is essential for the overall success of this research. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards,
Katarina Stanoevska-Slabeva, Andrea Giessmann and Nicola Burkhardt

2nd International Workshop on Business Systems Management & Engineering

The Second Edition of the International Workshop on Business Systems Management & Engineering will take place on the 29th June 2011 in beautiful Zurich, Switzerland as part of TOOLS Europe 2011.

Business Process Management (BPM) has emerged as both a management principle and a suite of software technologies for business processes lifecycle management. Business goals and objectives are expressed in the definition of business processes, which are deployed, executed, monitored, analyzed, changed and redeployed. BPM brings value to an enterprise as the proactive management of business processes can increase the efficiency, agility and effectiveness of organizations, which ultimately leads to happier customers.

This years BSME workshop will concentrate on next-generation BPM that serves as a means of delivering business solutions as software services. The workshop is jointly organized with the 4CaaSt project to focus on how these services are delivered through the cloud, a popular strategic technology choice for businesses as it provides a flexible, ubiquitous and consistent platform that can be accessed from anywhere at any time.

With the move to software services and cloud-based deployments, the trend in BPM will be to move from a relatively static view to a much more dynamic perspective, where business process interactions are examined to understand much more accurately the operations. This brings requirements for more granular application monitoring and management techniques that can be applied to various entities in a business process, such as business data, events, operations and process fragments. Individual and aggregated QoS and KPIs can guarantee a continuous and cohesive information flow and correlation of end-to-end process properties.

The interface of software services and cloud computing provides a rich area for research and experience to combine to give a unique insight into how BPM can be achieved in practice. We encourage submissions of research papers on work in the area of BPM and especially welcome papers describing developments in cloud-enabled business process management and all related areas, such as deployment techniques, business models for cloud-based enterprises and experience reports from practitioners.
Flyer of the workshop:


Bi-Annual All-Members Meeting

NSN participated in the Bi-Annual All-Members Meeting (see ‎[2]) of the Communications Futures Program (see ‎[1]) by MIT.
The meeting took place in Munich, Germany on 20-21 October 2010.
Josef Urban from NSN Research presented some opportunities and challenges that cloud computing raises in the telecom domain.
4CaaSt was briefly mentioned in the presentation as an important research project contributing towards the enhancement of cloud computing technology and its adaptation in the telecom domain. The session also included an interactive panel discussion on the possible approaches to cloud computing.
[1] Communications Futures Program: http://cfp.mit.edu/index.shtml
[2] Agenda of the CFP All-Member Meeting: http://cfp.mit.edu/events/oct10/Munich-Video-Oct-2010.shtml

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4CaaSt at the Internet of Services 2010

Last 19-20 October, a representation of the 4CaaSt Project was attending to the “Internet of Services 2010: Collaboration meeting for FP6 & FP7 projects” organized by  the European Commission in Brussels.  We were presenting the 4CaaSt’s main objectives and PaaS model, including our reference architecture at the Service Architectures, Virtualised Service Platforms and Standards Working Groups.

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