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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

NESSI Kicked-Off Today in Brussels, Belgium

Leading players from the software, telecommunication and services industry (Atos Origin, BT, Engineering, HP, IBM, Nokia, ObjectWeb, SAP, Siemens, Software AG, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, and Thales) announced today at the Crowne Plaza Europa, Brussels that they have joined forces to launch the Networked European Software and Services Initiative (NESSI).

NESSI is a European Technology Platform created by thirteen leading players to develop a visionary strategy for software and services driven by a common European Research Agenda.

Viviane Reding, EU ,Commissioner for Information Society and Media, said: “I very much welcome this NESSI initiative, and the commitment shown by its partners to develop a common services platform. This has the potential to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness in many economic sectors, and is another very practical step in implementing our i2010 policy for growth and jobs in Europe.”

During the Lisbon summit, in March 2000, the EU Heads of States and Governments agreed to make the EU "the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-driven economy by 2010". The Commission presented its mid-term review of the Lisbon agenda in February 2005. The recent report from the High Level Group chaired by the former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok reported that progress towards achieving these objectives has been slow. Information and communication technologies (ICT) has an important role to play in the next five years. ICT were identified as playing a key role as they contribute to achieving the Lisbon goals primarily by two means: by driving the transformation of the European economy towards a dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy; because ICT is an important sector in its own right.

NESSI is certainly not about philanthropy – and NESSI is also not about European funding. The 13 founding members have already invested in NESSI, and are committed to pursuing this investment. The real goal of NESSI is to support an overall infrastructure that will enable all industries to optimize their resources by providing new services that will be immediately available, that can easily plug-in in secure, open and dependable environments.

To achieve the full scope of NESSI, the total investment is estimated to 2 billion Euros, of which the industries would to provide 1 billion Euros over the next 7 years.

NESSI states open source software as a key element of the vision. Open source is a process, not a product. It is a proven way to perform shared R&D, to develop excellent software, to enable the sustainable development of a service based economy and to meet governmental requirements such as technology independence in sensitive contexts. Opportunities to develop profitable business models exist all along the open source software value chain, and many of the participating companies are already working in the area of open source software.


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