Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
Logistics value chains increasingly shift from core logistics tasks to higher-value logistics services. Competitive capability is characterized by a rapid design and implementation of these services. The technology of cloud computing enables the provisioning of various services over the internet. Particularly for logistics users a simple and rapid delivery of software components supporting the execution of individual business processes is of high interest. This allows the quick adaption of frequent business process changes (e.g. changes caused by seasonal requirements) along with an accounting on pay-per-use basis. The biggest advantage of a utility-based accounting is the minimization of investment peaks and risks, especially for SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises).