Cloud-Based Collaborative Business Services Provision

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 190)


The notion of service-enhanced product, representing the association of services to manufactured products, offers an important mechanism for value creation and product differentiation. This is particularly relevant in the case of complex, highly customized and long-life products. Provision of suitable services in this context typically requires collaboration among multiple stakeholders. Furthermore, the involvement of the customer is not limited to service consumption but rather includes contributions to new services design and configuration. In response to these requirements, this paper contributes to the clarification of concepts and definition of a framework for collaborative business services design (co-creation) and delivery. At the base of the framework, a cloud-based collaboration platform supports the establishment and operation of the involved enterprise networks. Application examples are given for the solar energy sector.


Collaborative networks Business services Service-enhanced products Service Co-creation 



This work was funded in part by the European Commission through the GloNet project (FP7 programme). The authors also thank the contributions from their partners in these projects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UNINOVA, FCTUniversidade Nova de LisboaMonte CaparicaPortugal
  2. 2.Informatics InstituteUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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