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From patrick.schouller@inria.fr Mon May 21 17:48:49 2001
From: Patrick Schouller 
Subject: Paertner search for IST project

Hello,
This message concerns a partner search to set-up a new European  project
proposal called Chain-Link.

PROJECT SUBJECT 
The overall goal of Chain-Link is to provide a low-cost, easy to use
environment that will allow SMEs in the manufacturing/production sector  to
take advantage of enterprise resource planning systems and enable  them to
more
effectively manage their internal and external supply chains.

IST ACTION LINE 
This proposal is planned to be submitted to the June 2001 call for
proposals of
the IST 2001 Programme - Action line V.1.12 CPA12 
"Application services provision". The submission deadline would be in the
middle of October 2001.

PROJECT ABSTRACT 
Chain-Link aims to provide a low-cost supply-chain management (SC)  and
enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution delivered to SMEs as  an
Application Service via the Web. In addition, Chain-Link will allow  any
existing business applications used by the SME to be fully integrated  with
the
SC-ERP solution. This integrated solution could be provided  as a complete
Web-based Application Service, or as a client/server  application where the
existing business application(s) run in-house and  the SC-ERP application
resides on the Web-based server.

PARTNER SEARCH 
The project instigator - LS2i - is a supplier of ERP solutions. LS2i is  now
looking for partners to undertake the following roles: 
1) develop the open and flexible reusable middleware - a research institute
 or
university department specialising in software development in a  manufacturing
environment. 
2) undertake the development work necessary to integrate the LS2i ERP
solution
with commonly used business applications via the reusable  middleware - a
systems integrator; specialist software house or research  institute/
university department. 
3) undertake the development of the Web version of the new SC-ERP  integrated
solution - a systems integrator; specialist software house or  research
institute/ university department. 
4) validate the above work through user trials - 3 or 4 SMEs from a 
manufacturing/production environment, covering both small and medium  sized
enterprises. 
5) develop a set of metrics to measure the results of the trials against 
current  practice - a research institute or university department. 
6) enable the wide dissemination of the project results - 2/3 SME 
associations  such as chambers of commerce.

NEXT STEP 
If your organisation could be interested in a collaboration on this project 
proposal, please do not hesitate to contact me specifying what you could  be
your role. Then I will provide complementary information.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Dr Christian Blanes
ARTTIC Mediterranee 
Technopole de Chateau-Gombert 
Europarc Bat. C 
F-13013 Marseille
Tel.: +33 (0)4 91 95 50 17 
Mob.: +33 (0)6 80 02 66 12 
Fax: +33 (0)4 91 95 50 12 
Email: blanes@arttic.com 
http://www.arttic.fr 
http://www.arttic.com


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