As part of the innovation cluster "Cloud Computing for Logistics", the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST develops together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, a new generation of logistics IT support. Through close cooperation and the combined use of logistics and IT know-how a service-oriented platform is developed: the Logistics Mall.
The flagship Logistics Mall will create the conditions to offer logistics IT services and logistics processes as trade objects in the cloud. This applies both to the design of processes as well as their instantiation and execution. Thus the Logistics Mall becomes over the one-stop-shop for logistics a coordinating and monitoring body for the implementation of logistics processes.
The Logistics Mall is a virtual marketplace where networked services and software systems are placed. It is possible to create functions from different vendors to an individual package. The offer is based on the software-as-a-service principle and is characterized by a usage-based billing.
The Logistics Mall works like a virtual shopping mall where software service providers and users as well as logistics come together. It optimizes the cost-benefit ratio in the implementation of new software. Instead of optimizing the storage by a complex restructuring of the logistics processes, the software is compiled vendor-independent, individually and "based out of the socket." In the Logistics Mall software manufacturers offer not complete modules, but individual modules that include only a few functions to some extent. The user can “rent” selectively functions which the user needs to support its processes. The purchase of software licenses is no longer necessary, only the particular use of the software or a subscription will be charged. A large part of the acquisition and maintenance costs for hardware and storage are eliminated. The servers will be replaced with Internet-enabled computer. Maintenance will be carried by the virtual server.