The impact of this work stems from the provision of better quality
information models, and is manifest via: (a) reduced cost through improved
reuse and less rework; (b) improved system interoperability; and (c)
enhanced assurance and checking that information requirements are
supported by the resultant systems. The approach has been applied in
commercial environments, such as Shell (UK), where it has reduced
development costs by up to 50% ($1m in one case). It has also been applied
in the defence environment, forming a part of underpinning standards
currently being implemented by the UK and Swedish Armed Forces.
This case study demonstrates how the application of GRBOM has been used
to deliver a national e-student system. Key impacts include:
This case study demonstrates how research into Object Orientated
programming has resulted in a feature-rich e-commerce platform that has
transformed the management and operations of a traditional sheet music
company (Faber Music) and its expanding business partner network.
Research at the University of Manchester, focusing on process systems in
for large systems, has enabled the development and successful
implementation of the Salford
Process Reengineering Involving New Technology (SPRINT) method within
Salford City Council.
SPRINT is a change and innovation method tailored to the needs of the
public sector. Having been
adopted as the standard for all Local Authorities in 2004, the SPRINT
methodology aided Salford
City Council in achieving savings of £20M by 2011. It has been further
used in projects in
Education and Housing where it has delivered cost savings of £0.5M.
BU's software engineering research has focused on the improvement of
software development methods with a particular emphasis on the `upstream'
or requirements phases. The benefits include improved development
processes as well as considerable financial savings, as evidenced in this
case study. The research has been used locally in projects with medium
sized enterprises (SME's) and in collaboration with international partners
including National ICT Australia (NICTA) to enhance business and IT
alignment (Australia and Japan); the European Commission funded VIsualise
all moDel drivEn programming (VIDE) project to impact commercial
tools (France and Germany); and with Bosch Automotive (Germany) to enhance
model driven development.
Research on software architectures and reengineering helped Portuguese IT
develop automated migration tools. A report by IT research company Gartner
in 2009 identified the
collaboration as one of the company's key strengths. The partnership
allowed ATX to sustain an
innovative R&D programme and win business in a competitive market.
Impact occurred via:
The same research also helped local SME Hunter Systems to redesign their
products for the Web.
State-of-the-art reasoning systems developed in the UoA have underpinned the standardisation of
ontology languages, and play a critical role in numerous applications. For example, HermiT,
software developed in the UoA, is being used by Électricité de France (EDF) to provide bespoke
energy saving advice to 265,000 customers in France, and a roll out of the use of the system to all
of their 17 million customers is planned.
Aston University has developed systems thinking, specifically soft
systems thinking, into a new approach known as the Process Orientated
Holonic (PrOH) Modelling Methodology which has been used to model, debate
and implement changes to strategy and operational processes in service and
manufacturing organisations. Through PrOH Modelling our research has
changed the awareness, use, and long term legacy effect in a variety of
organisations as exemplified here by 4 cases in which considerable
operational and financial impacts have accrued. These impacts have been
achieved by (i) increasing awareness of systems thinking,
particularly soft systems thinking, by management (ii) implementing use
of soft systems thinking (as PrOH modelling) to give demonstrable
organisational improvement in specific change projects, and (iii) ensuring
a legacy effect of systems thinking practice, as managers' use of
systems thinking is more effective after an initial Aston University led
project has been completed.
The University of Surrey has developed a set of tools that is enabling us
to develop innovative web-based information systems with much lower
resources than has formerly been possible.
These tools and techniques are being exploited by a University of Surrey
The underlying platform has now been used to develop eight distinct
business systems. A key feature of our approach is that it enables the
business domain to be modelled in structured natural language (using the
Object Management Group (OMG) supported standard SBVR [for Semantics of
Business Vocabularies and Rules]). The server side functionality is then
generated from the business model. Rulemotion is the first
organisation to offer such extensive support of SBVR. This is a key fusion
of the Business Analysis (Business Rules) and Information Technology
domains — the gulf between these two communities has been an area of
tension for the past 30 years.
This case is based on economic impact. It shows how research by Professor
Michael Wooldridge at the University of Liverpool on the Gaia Methodology
for agent-oriented software engineering improved the performance of the
Swiss company Whitestein Technologies AG and of international users of its
key product. Specifically, the research enabled Whitestein to develop its
business process management system (BPM) Living Systems Process Suite
which delivers several million pounds per year of revenues, corresponding
to 50% of their total business revenues. Users of Whitestein's Living
Systems Process Suite since 2008 include Daimler AG, Transcor Astra Group,
Vienna Insurance Group, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2010
Gartner, the world's leading IT advisory company, recognized the impact
and innovation of the Living Systems Process Suite by naming Whitestein a
Cool Vendor in BPM.