Last ITEA Board Support Group Meeting in this Year

For the last time this year, the ITEA Board Support Group (BSG) met in Berlin, together with the ITEA Authorities Committee. Even though it was an own journey to attend this time, it was anyway a very fruitful meeting where several points could be clarified, and upcoming actions could be tightened. It was impressive for me to see in what stages several projects are and what innovative projects are currently in the starting phase.

A major objective in the next year will be the visibility of the ITEA activities and especially the project outcomes. Many of the projects face important industrial, societal, and technological challenges and deliver solid impact to these. And this follows the mission of ITEA: The ITEA’s mission is to enable businesses, with the involvement of their customers, to create innovative solutions that master the Digital Transition and tackle the major challenges in a way that helps bring society forward. ITEA encourages its global community to create impact and value through RD&I projects in the area of software innovation with the knowledge of the industry and the capability of national financing.

I am looking back to an interesting start as a member of the ITEA BSG this year and I am excitingly looking forward to the upcoming year, and how ITEA continues its success story in software innovation.

Becoming Member of ITEA Board Support Group

A couple of days ago I got a member in the name of Software AG of the ITEA Board Support Group with among others the objectives to support the ITEA Board and Steering Group, setting priorities and ranking projects for public support and approving projects propels and making recommendations for labeling. ITEA ( is the Eureka RD&I Cluster on software innovation, enabling a large international community of large industries, SMEs, start-ups, academia, and customer organizations, to collaborate in funded projects that turn innovative ideas into new businesses, jobs, economic growth, and benefits for society. It is industry-driven and covers a wide range of business opportunities facilitated by digitization like smart mobility, healthcare, smart cities and energy, manufacturing, engineering, and safety & security. ITEA pushes important technology fields like artificial intelligence, big data, simulation, and high-performance computing into concrete business applications.
It was a pleasure to learn some of the professionals of ITEA at the attendance of my first BSG meeting at Software AG in Darmstadt, especially the heads of ITEA Zeynep Sarilar, Jean-Francois Lavignon, and Jan Jonker. While the agenda holds several highly interesting topics but also challenges for the upcoming future. It also gave a solid insight into the benefits of the ITEA organization and program structure. A great advantage of the program is the focus on real industrial challenges that require research to advance and strengthen the European industry. I look forward to bringing in my knowledge and expertise to assist ITEA in continuing its success story.