W4 is a SME, software editor, with about 60 persons, created in 1996. The company is located in Massy, France (Paris area) and has already participated in various Front End related European projects.
Lyria (see www.lyria.com ), editor of the LEONARDI framework, was taken over by W4 in 2004 (see
www.w4.eu ), a leading French BPM (Business Process Management) editor. As a result, W4 now provides products merging Model Driven concepts with BPM. W4 is particularly visible in the tool market for rapid application development and is increasing its market shares in the field of interactive business oriented applications.
W4 also specializes in Graphical User Interface (GUI) automation solutions and workflow systems. It edits 2 main software products, BUSINESS FIRST and LEONARDI (for which an open source version is available). W4 earns revenues from selling commercial licenses and technical support for its products. W4 also provides services around its technology (training, consulting…) and has gained field experience in various business fields.
W4 is also at the origin of the MD Day event (Model Driven Day) that gathers, every year in Paris since 2006, the community of model driven technology suppliers together with customers who have experience in this field (see www.mdday.fr). The latest event in Nov. 2010 was a big success.
Both BUSINESS FIRST and LEONARDI have been used successfully in many industrial projects of many kinds, in different industrial sectors. The two main products edited by W4 consist of:
• LEONARDI (see http://www.lyria.com/mmi-products.htm), a model driven framework dedicated to the development of Front End solutions. The productivity boost offered by this environment comes from its innovative approach, consisting of adopting a model-driven approach for developing GUIs (Graphical User Interfaces). The implemented model centric methodology is supported by a dynamic and powerful engine that automates the production of interactive applications. LEONARDI is also available in the open source world.
• BUSINESS FIRST (see http://www.w4-workflow.com/business-first-en.htm), a software suite in which LEONARDI is integrated together with a workflow and BPM environment that covers the entire spectrum of applications based on business processes. Whatever the scope of the application, handling management, operational (core business) or other types of supporting business processes, the features live up to user expectations, for both large and small companies, as well as for public sector organizations.
See www.w4.eu for more information.
Previous experience relevant for UsiXML
W4 has participated in various European projects, which provide relevant background for UsiXML:
• E-MODE (ITEA, 2005-2008): (participation under the name “LYRIA”) Enabling Model Transformation-Based Cost Efficient Adaptive Multi-modal User Interfaces. In E-MODE, Lyria participated in the formalization and the development of models to enable adaptative multi-modal UIs. Lyria was involved in several work packages.
• SERVFACE (STREP, 2007-2010, see http://www.servface.eu/): A methodology that comes with supporting tools to annotate web services for creating UI applications. In ServFace, W4 was leader for the package dealing with dissemination activities. W4 was also actively involved in other work packages related to the engineering methodology, the development of concrete tools and models needed to support and demonstrate the ServFace methodology.
• SERENOA (STREP, 2010-2013, see http://www.serenoa-fp7.eu/): Serenoa is aimed at developing a novel, open platform for enabling the creation of context-sensitive service front-ends (SFEs). From the point of view of Serenoa, a context-sensitive SFE provides a user interface (UI) that exhibits some capability to be aware of the context and to react to changes of this context in a continuous way. As a result such a UI will be adapted to a person's devices, tasks, preferences, and abilities, thus improving people's satisfaction and performance compared to traditional SFEs based on manually designed UIs. In SERENOA, W4 will participate in the development of models, languages and methodology, but will mostly provide tools and runtime examples, and play a role for integrating and experimenting the results. W4 will also lead an industrial advisory board for exploiting and standardize these results.


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