Open-Source Software Reuse Service for SMEs

The OPEN-SME project has been supported by the EC within the 7th framework programme under grant agreement no. FP7-SME-2008-2 – 24376 

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Source code is provided under the GNU General Public License . To access the source code please visit the public code repository.


The key objectives of this project are:
  • To define, systematically document and apply in practise the OPEN-SME Processes for Open-Source Software ReuseTo develop the OPEN-SME tools that will effectively support the Domain and Application Engineering Processes
  • To assess and evaluate the effectiveness of the OPEN-SME processes and tools through the realisation of a set of pilots to be administered by the participating SME Associations
  • To investigate, assess, and quantify the economic benefits of the OPEN-SME approach. Moreover, to derive generic business models and cost models pertaining to the commercialisation of the OPEN-SME approach in real-world use cases
  • To widely disseminate the knowledge to be generated by the project and promote the adoption of the OPEN-SME approach at the European Level

The foreseen benefits for the SMEs are:
  • Remove the need for having specialised personnel dedicated to acquiring, modifying, testing, and documenting reusable software resources. 
  • Reduce the required investment in software engineering tools together with the associated risks that frequently have proven to confine future product development decisions. 
  • Create new software-sales channels and create new revenues by using the software repositories of SME Associations.
  • Facilitate the creation of new business cases in new Application Domains that up to now have required the development of new technology expertises.
  • Reduce software product time-to-market and improve ability to react to changing market demands.
  • Increase market competitiveness (i.e. being able to provide more competitive prices) due to the reduction of software development costs.
  • Improve software product quality due to the increased utilisation of pre-existing and already tested software modules.