Engineering presents an example of collaboration between Industry and Academia at the fOSSa Conference in Grenoble, France

Date: November 16, 2009

Engineering and Reutlingen University collaborate on a Business Information Management solution, based on the Open Source solution SpagoBI

Rome, November 16th, 2009 - Engineering Group, Italian leading provider of IT services, sponsors the fOSSa 2009, the international conference based on relations among industry, open source communities and research centers, opening tomorrow in Grenoble, France. Engineering Group is presenting an example of fruitful collaboration between Industry and Academia.

The company, conceiver and developer of the free/open source business intelligence platform SpagoBI, has supported a project team of the master degree course of Business Information Management of Reutlingen University. The aim of this two-term project within the department "Enterprise Performance Management and Business Intelligence" of Prof. Armin Roth was to show the possibility of managing a corporate group with the adoption of Open Source Business Intelligence (OS BI) software.

Reutlingen University task was to design a fictitious company and to create an economic control procedure, which was assessed by the help of KPIs, guaranteeing the best possible support for a management team in the usage of information, using an OS BI solution. During the assessment phase, the University team has chosen SpagoBI as the most promising solution to fulfill these requirements.

The result of the activity, where SpagoBI team provided a remote support in order to let the Reutlingen team have the right information on time, has been a management cockpit capable of opening 51 advanced interactive dashboards, each consisting of 130 individual reports. In addition, the project included the development of a Geo-Analysis, an OLAP-Analysis, a What-If-Analysis and a forecast, allowing miscellaneous scenarios to support management decisions to be simulated in the management cockpit. After successfully accomplishing this economically and IT-technically challenging task, the project team was awarded the T-Systems ICT Prize.

"The success of this activity enforces once more the value that collaborations between industry and academia bring to the open source evolution in a two-fold perspective." says Stefano Scamuzzo, Senior Technical Manager of Engineering and Manager of SpagoBI international activities "Engineering, the open source editor, implements suggestions coming from the academic world, in order to differentiate its market positioning, while universities and research centers benefit from the flexibility and the faster reaction of open source providers to demonstrate their innovative scenarios."

"SpagoBI has been a successful choice for satisfying our miscellaneous demand, since it has offered us the best opportunity to realize our project." said Sigfrid Rauscher, member of the Reutlingen project team "The collaboration has been fostered by the helpful and well-disposed approach of SpagoBI team. We were particularly surprised at the facility with which we established a solid collaboration relationship between Reutlingen and SpagoBI project teams."
About Engineering Group
Engineering Group is the major Italian player in IT design, outsourcing, product and consulting services on all vertical markets, with more than 6,000 people and 37 offices in Italy, Ireland, Belgium and Latin America. Engineering has one of the largest Research & Innovation departments, relying on 250 researchers with considerable international prestige who are responsible for innovation and the constant transfer of results to business units. It manages Engineering's main open source initiatives, including SpagoWorld Initiative and its open source projects: SpagoBI, Spagic, Spago4Q and Spago. Visit www.eng.it and www.spagoworld.org

About Reutlingen University, Computer Science Department

Reutlingen University, with more than 150 years of history, is one of Germany's oldest and most historic Universities of Applied Sciences. Nowadays, the international dimension is one of the cornerstones of the University and maintains intensive contacts with more than 120 partner universities worldwide. With about 25% of its students coming outside of Germany, it has the highest proportion of international students of all German-speaking universities. The School of Informatics is one of five Schools at the University. The Informatics School offers Bachelor- and Masterstudies in Media and Communication Informatics and Business Informatics. The School enjoys an excellent reputation among businesses, its partner universities and its students. This is demonstrated by the university ranking tables, in which the Business informatics has occupied top positions for many years.

About fOSSa Conference

Taking place on 17th and 18th November 2009, fOSSa 2009 is the first international conference on Free and Open Source Software to be hosted in Grenoble (France). The event is co-organised by INRIA and OW2 Europe Local Chapter. Conference participation is free and open to all professionals. For practical information, detailed program and registration: www.ow2.org/fossaconference

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