The European Commission has brought together 13 IT and telecoms companies to help the European public sector take advantage of new IT solutions built on open standards.
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The Networked European Software and Services Initiative (NESSI) is being launched this week. Its membership includes Atos Origin, BT, IBM, HP, Nokia, SAP, Siemens, Software AG, Telecom Italia, Telefónica and Thales.
The group will be used by the Commission to help meet some of the aims of the European Union’s Lisbon Strategy, which seeks to make Europe a leading “knowledge-based” economy.
The companies involved in NESSI will work jointly on IT research projects to deliver solutions that can be easily adopted by EU citizens and the public sector.
The use of open source software will be a key enabler in the project.