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Sustainability in Enterprise IT

The Sustainability in Enterprise IT research direction addresses research in efficient long term oriented Enterprise Information Systems (EIS). This includes IT innovations which allow process innovation and increased efficiency, IT triggered product innovation, innovation and efficiency based on improved enterprise analytics (simulation optimization, business intelligence, holistic approaches, strategic optimization, etc.). A special focus is on the longevity of EIS based on improved system adaptivity, connectivity to existing systems, standardization, utilization of the IT platform idea.

Major goals are improved resource efficiency, which includes of course energy efficiency but also the consumption of other production resources as raw materials and also human resources, a holistic view life cycle orientation in processes and products from design to shutdown as well as software quality aspects which allow the design and continuous operation of EIS. Typical figures or merit are of course cost but cost can be reduced by improved efficiency. Typical quality goals are the maturity level of processes and the continuity of the provided services. The target of our analysis are of course different organizational levels as within one company, in the supply chain or even in cooperation networks between different companies and of course on process and service level in order to achieve improvement. Typical research approaches are modeling, simulation and subsequent optimization of processes with simulation optimization as a special field of interest. Simulations are often based on insights from data analysis but also data analysis itself is a separate research field when thinking on business intelligence applications. Both, the simulation and data analysis direction are often followed by a prototyping step, applying the gained insights to practice.

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