Fraunhofer FOKUS is organized in several Competence Centers. The Electronic Commerce
Competence Centre (ECCO) is the one that is involved in DEMOS project.
ECCO offers products, services, and consultation on the design, specification, and development
of Electronic Commerce platforms and applications based on state-of-the-art technology. It
develops a support environment and tool set for the implementation of Electronic Commerce
applications and Virtual Enterprises. ECCO considers the business processes and transactions
themselves as well as the communication and information technologies used. Business processes
and transactions considered include the establishment of the initial contact between the
parties involved, the exchange of information, pre- and post-sales support, service
management, and distribution of products that can be delivered electronically, virtual
enterprises and shared business processes. The department provides advanced personal
communication support capabilities which can be used by an open set of common services in
telecommunications and distributed computing in a generic manner. This includes support for
mobility, service personalization and service interoperability.
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