Technical feasibility

SECTION I: Testing

1 Has the R & D result been tested?
Note: Test may me a prototype (for a product) an Alpha or beta test (for a software), a pilot application process )for a service)
YES X
NO

The following question is replied according to the reply in question 1

If yes

1a In what mode has the result been tested? 

•              Prototype

•              Pilot Application

•              Alpha/BETA testing

 

Note:  (According to the type of R&D Result – product, service, software, etc.)
The OrganiK platform as well as its design and deployment methodology was tested within the OrganiK project (FP7 – Research for the Benefit of SMEs). Five pilot implementations took place during the project. All pilots were instantiated within European SME settings. 

 

1b. Please describe and discuss the testing results
Note: Explain testing process and its results in brief
OrganiK followed an integrated socio-technical knowledge management perspective during the design and deployment phases. It employed a socially-driven perspective to organisational knowledge management, in which the characteristics of the resulting technical sub-system emerge from processes of negotiation among the social actors of the organisation and adaptation through user involvement and engagement. This approach attempts to create an iterative relationship between the social and technical sub-systems and aims at the harmonisation of people and technology inside organisational settings. Therefore, OrganiK Knowledge Management system was designed to enable knowledge workers in small knowledge-intensive companies to effectively manage organisational knowledge with the support of an organic knowledge management framework. The major components of the proposed knowledge management framework were the following: 

•          A people-centred knowledge management conceptualisation, focusing on social processes and work practices of the organisational structures (i.e. individual, team, business units). Situated innovation practices, utilisation of social networks and enhancement of organisational adaptation capabilities comprise fundamental components of this socially-focused approach.

•          A technology-centred knowledge management conceptualisation, focusing on the integration of enterprise social software applications (wikis, blogs, collaborative bookmarking tools and search engines) with semantic technologies (ontology-based annotation, semantic text analysis, logic-based reasoning).

 

According to the above framework the OrganiK system was deployed inside five small European small knowledge-intensive companies:

•          CAS Software AG (Germany)

•          The Language Technology Centre (UK and US)

•          LeserAuskunft GmbH (Germany)

•          QMS Maritime Training Center Ltd (Greece)

•          Syria Informatica S.r.l. (Italy)

 

OrganiK provided support in everyday knowledge work within the above companies, and in particular offered:

•          support for less structured business processes;

•          development of a knowledge-worker centric approach, through personal knowledge grids, social networks, and personal applications;

•          implementation of ‘‘on-demand’’ knowledge management for ad-hoc intensive and inter-organisational collaborations

 

SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development

2a To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product[1]? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )
Note: Describe whether the R&D result is a result of collective effort and developers could be available for technical advice if the product is to be produced.
The OrganiK methodology and information management platform were developed collaboratively by several of the organisations participating in the OrganiK consortium. South East European Research Centre was a member of the core team of technical partners in the project, and was in a position to have a complete picture of the challenges, strengths and limitations of the overall conceptual approach and technological basis of the solution, and the outcomes of all five deployments. Therefore, SEERC has the appropriate know-how to design the further development of the R&D result. In terms of human resources, the team would need a small but highly experienced software developers, sales and marketing experts. 

 

2b What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?
Note: Reply might refer to technical processes, testing, further development, etc
The OrganiK platform comprises various tools that belong to the so-called Enterprise 2.0 technologies (e.g. blogs, micro-blogs, wikis, RSS, recommendation engines, content indexers, etc), all of which were developed upon the Drupal open source Content Management System by three different consortium partners. The main technical issue to be addressed is to investigate whether there are alternative open source platforms (e.g. WordPress) which may offer a more suitable base (more lightweight and easy to use) for the commercial development of the OrganiK solution. 

 

2c What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?
Note: Reply might refer to machinery, or software licenses,
The development of a new product on the basis of this R&D result will not require major machinery investment except of some desktop and server purchases. The production is based on open source code, therefore software licenses costs are not expected. 

 

2d Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.
Note:
The OrganiK methodology and information management platform was deployed based on the previous Drupal system and it was under active development until September 2010. Since then the OrganiK platrofm was utilized in a new EU-funded project (ICT-PSP) providing fresh interest to developments. 

 

SECTION 3: Deployment

3a Define the demands for large scale production in terms of
  • Materials
Not applicable. 

 

  • technologies, tools, machineries
Computing hardware (5 workstations and one server) : 3.000 € 

Running operating and fixed costs (rental of office space, communication costs, office equipment, etc) are not considered here.

 

  • Staff effort
Developing the original OrganiK platform into a marketable offering will require work by a team of 5 persons for 1 year until full deployment. The team will need two software developers, two sales-marketing agents, and one head of the endeavor. 

 

Note:

SECTION 4: Overall Assessment

1 What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?
Note:
The OrganiK platform is based on robust open source technology (Drupal CMS) which ensures the technical feasibility of the solution. However, significant marketing actions should be pursued in order to acquire an overall picture concerning the demand for Enterprise 2.0 solutions in the marketplace. 

 

KEYWORDS QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT (0-5).

Please encircle as appropriate.

Adequacy of testing activity undertaken so far 1 2 3 4 5
Adequacy and availability of technical resources of the development team 1 2 3 4 5
Current development stage 1 2 3 4 5
Overall technical feasibility 1 2 3 4 5

[1] Throughout this section by “new product” we mean a product or a service or a technology

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