Research and Development

Pioneers Move Ahead.

We are not satisfied with existing patterns and working methods. That’s why we research innovative technologies and develop new standards, whether it’s working in the DIN Standards Committee Services (NADL) or in cooperation with various IT and business associations.
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BIG DATA – The challenge to exploit large amounts of data correctly

»Big Data« is a synonym for intelligent, sensible use of very large amounts of data. Big data gets more and more important because the amount of produced data continuously and exponentially increases – both in science as well as in the economic sphere. This includes measurement and control data from production data but also a variety of transactions that are pulled together from different systems and must be analysed and recycled. The quality of data recovery is the basis for economic efficiency and innovation in all areas and therefore also the basis for the success of the economy. But this is precisely where the problem lies: producing and capturing a large amount of data is easy. However, to exploit this vast amount usefully and economically shows its limits.

Big Data technologies – that is technologies for intelligent handling of these data amounts – are to solve this problem and are thus considered as a key technology for economic sustainability.

Against this background and in order to continue to work on the pulse of time OrgaTech is currently planning two research projects that deal with big data – concerning the topic »handling, validation and verification of large amounts of data which are partly in different systems«.

End-to-End … a web-based platform for production traceability along the complete value-added-chain

Especially in times of ever new food scandals, consumers demand more product safety and product transparency! This means that consumers expect secure information about where their products come from as well as how and with what they have been processed. Providing this information is possible thanks to the Internet-based end-to-end platform. It allows traceability from seed to the finished product in the trade.

Lean

OrgaTech supports the chair of Economic and Industrial Sociology of Dortmund University in a project for pragmatical implementation of integrated business models in companies with simple standard fabrication. Other research intitutes involved here are the chair for Production Systems of Ruhr-University of Bochum and the Federal Institute for Social Research situated in  Dortmund.

The project »LEAN« was worked out against the background of the cooperative project in the BMBF supporting program »Research for the production of tomorrow« and it intends to achieve an integrated modernisation of organisaion and management in producing plants.  The project run will be of 34 months. The project closed successfully in January 2008.

MeMo StaLeiV in Schwedt Centre of Competence

Development of a metadata model for automated standardisation of service catalogs (SSCs) and their deployment in a StaLeiV wiki (web platform) – short MeMo StaLeiV – in the field of industrial maintenance. Many industrial companies are increasingly changing their services support only their core competencies and buy additional »adjacent« or »complementary« services from other companies (contractors).

For the provision of these additional services the contracting authority provides appropriate standard service catalogs (SSCs) to the contractor. Such standard service catalog (SSC) is a compilation prepared by the customer that includes necessary services and delivery positions. These individual items are provided with prices based on current market observations and are constantly updated.

Currently exist, for example, about 70 SSCs for the different subject areas (disciplines) in industrial maintenance, all of which were written differently by the client, so that currently there are about 2100-2450 versions of the catalogs in tenders for use.

Large numbers of different individual service catalogs overburdens essential resources by requiring constant care. The high demand for regular updates is a time and resource consuming activity for both the company and its service provider. These are resources that are therefore not available to the respective companies for other tasks. Long response time for calls to the service provision is another consequence due to the necessary »compilation« of the positions of the contracting authority and the need to »identify« or »translation services« by the contractor.

The solution: a StaLeiV Wiki – standard service catalogs, enables participants to move from job description to tender, and from tender to implementation – without the »Babylonian« confusion of languages of different bills.

OrgaTech develops similar wikis through dedicated research projects.

OPTIKON

OPTIKON: software supported methodology facilitates process optimization and regulatory compliance for small and medium businesses In the context of the research project »Optikon« and in collaboration with Fraunhofer-Institut für Experimentelles Software Engineering IESE the OrgaTech GmbH developed a new a methodology that allows small and medium enterprises to match the company’s own processes with relevant rules and regulations in a short time.

As a result of the global competition especially small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are more and more exposed to the pressure of adapting their internal processes to the most different regulations. They are faced with a variety of (DIN) standards and regulations and in many cases they are forced to it due to peculiarities in supply contracts with large companies and corporations. Often different rules apply for the same process step. The assessment concerning the relevance of  rules and requirements for the company and wether the individual process steps comply with the rules or even if they contradict involves considerable time and effort at the majority of cases. Currently each single regulation has to be compared with the concerning process step. As a result the company must check the same process again and again with the different relevant rules and requirements. That costs much money and occupies plenty of time. Thus it is decisive for gain or loss of impending orders. In many cases, the entrepreneurs do not have time to examine all the terms of the contract in a timely manner and take on the seemingly profit-bringing order, only to find out later that the rule-oriented implementation of the contract – for example, due to changes in the manufacturing process – resulting in losses.

Within the new methodology »Optikon’s« first step the business process and all company-or process-related requirements are designed. Then they are compared to a large list of requirements. The second step is the trial of the previously accumulated list of requirements tested and differences are pointed out. It is thus checked whether the business process is in compliance. Process and request catalogs are not rigid. If necessary – for example, within new orders – they can be changed.

Based on this methodology the entrepreneur is able to manage his process according to the whole regulation in a very short time independently and knows wether, where and how he has to change the process steps, such as to correspondend the entire set of rules. Therefore he is able to manage and optimize his processes systematically and efficiently. That leads to a highest long-lasting efficiency and the possibility to adapt quickly to changed conditions to establish in the market. The innovation of this methodology is such that to establish a »learning system« in which not every process is examined individually against each standard / requirement must, but that this comparison is done by the multi-assessment methodology in one big step.  After a successful presentation first companies expressed their interest for the use of »Optikon«.

SASQIA

SASQIA is the short form for »Self Assessment for Software Quality – Information and Answers«. It is a quality portal supporting companies coming from different industrial sectors in the integration of quality standards via a self assessment procedure. This research project is promoted by the European Union, by the Ministry of Labour of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia and by the so called “Ruhr Pact – pact for growth and employment”.

The possibility of checking the quality level of your business processes by using a self assessment procedure and of comparing the standards of different quality manage-ment systems via a »cross-standard-assessment«- practice is unique in the world up to now – and it is a constitutive building block of the performance of SASQIA. Furthermore SASQIA supports all those processes and functions that are necessary for implementation of new standards, of auditing procedures or of modification management.

Already in 2004 when the system won the first price in the »Future Competition Ruhr Basin« this idea found great appreciation. The foundation for a research project lasting 18 months performed in collabora-tion with renowned partners was laid.

Research offensive »Software Engineering 2006«, second round of selection

The German Ministry for Education and Research created the research offensive »Software Engineering 2006« in order to support cooperative pre-competitive research projects that aim for the reinvigoration of software techniques in Germany. First of all small and medium-sized businesses developing software are to be encouraged by this offensive to place more emphasis on research and development and thus to be able to react quickly to changes and to make an active contribution to the necessary change. Furthermore leading positions in software technique are to be strengthened. The benefits of the Ministry intend to facilitate research activities that could never be realised without this promotion.

The objective of the project called Soft-Pit consists in making available integrated control centres allowing a general analysis of all aspects that are relevant for professional software engineering, a prompt detection of these factors and at last a deduction of efficient measures from the results of the analysis. On the basis of the long engineering tradition we have in Germany and in accordance with the concept of existing control station techniques in secondary trades, the emphasis is placed on a comprehensible abstraction of very different information elements and on aggregation and visualisation of the relevant information allowing to appraise the overall development of the project and to go against possible erroneous trends as soon as possible.

In each software project the necessity of a better project communication becomes apparent: Whereas the developing part often does not dispose of the relevant communication means so that the management only gets the notice about aberrations just before product release, on the other hand the management often does not have a medium for making transparent regulations like deadlines, quality features or demanded skills. In spite of the clear necessity of better communication in concrete projects we often just have rudimentary approaches.

The allocation allows to resolve these open matters and to manage the risks. After this initial effort the integrated control stations are advanced gathering momentum. The makes sure that the clear necessity of more transparency is opposed to empirically validated concepts that may be put into practice in an efficient way.

The special tasks of OrgaTech in the context of Soft-Pit are:

Expertise in the field of quality management in small and medium-sized companies coming from the research project SASQIA that expired at the end of 2005
Cognition of special KPIs (Key Performance Integrators) for small and medium-sized companies
Cognition of the data and parameters of small and medium-sized companies and of the quality of these features
Cognition of the special requirements and of the parameters of software projects in small and medium-sized companies

In its role as a management consultancy house for medium-sized industrial and service providing companies OrgaTech GmbH expects important impulses from the research project Soft-Pit. During project run OrgaTech has the chance to advance the existing expertise and to achieve an adequate market position.