NESSI is the European Technology Platform dedicated to Software and Services. Its name stands for the Networked European Software and Services Initiative.
Enterprises in Europe (both private and public sector) are facing significant structural changes and will rely on software and services to support them in adapting effectively. This represents a new opportunity for Europe and the NESSI initiative embodies the strategic mechanism through which this opportunity can be seized and exploited globally. Application of innovative technologies will benefit all economic sectors, not just the software and ICT services industry. Globally competitive businesses and efficient public services will benefit all citizens.
The main focus of NESSI is that of service. There are many definitions of service used in different contexts. However, all are based on the same principle: a service consumer does not own the service and therefore need not be concerned with all the aspects generally associated with ownership such as infrastructure, technology, integration and maintenance. Instead he/she has only to choose a service which meets his business needs. Businesses are increasingly concentrating on activities where they can gain a competitive advantage. Supporting capabilities can be obtained as services from specialist providers. In this context NESSI is about transforming the EU economy through Service Oriented business models.