University of Portsmouth
Due to the ongoing globalization, enterprises all over the world have to face a fierce competition. In order to stay in business, they constantly have to automate their business processes, integrate with their business partners and provide new services to their customers. With the changing demands in business, the goal of IT has also changed. Today, IT has to actively support enterprises in global competition. Therefore, it has to make business functionality and information available across the enterprise in order to allow software engineers to create, automate and integrate business processes and company workers to access all kinds of information in a unified way via a department- or enterprise-wide portal.