Multicore NZ

October 30, 2008

Multicore Business Coordination Unit (MBCU)

Filed under: Models — multicoreblog @ 3:16 am

Multicore NZ is envisioned as an ecosystem that should be fostered and encouraged. We propose the establishment of a Business Coordination Unit to do it, with an initial working name MCBU. We found a similar idea in Finland, already operative: 

COSS – the Finnish Centre for Open Source Solutions – is a national development agency for open source business ecosystem. COSS promotes the development and adoption of managed and sustainable open source solutions in various industries.

COSS provides its members with high-quality business and competence development services and represents an emerging business community. The customers and members of COSS include more than 100 open source vendors, solution providers, developers and public and private organizations deploying and using open source solutions and innovation models.

The objective of COSS is to strengthen the competitiveness of the Finland’s software intensive industries, promote the growth and internationalization of open source businesses, and catalyze the development of the Finnish information society with the support of open source technologies and communities. COSS was founded in 2003.

COSS services are targeted for COSS members and their business and technology partners providing, utilizing, or supporting open source products, services, and solutions.

Among the services offered by COSS are networking and competence development, information services, and business promotion, as well as professional services for open source research, business development, and internationalization.


  • Networking and competence development
    COSS creates networks of global corporations, local SMEs, technology developers, and end users. COSS connects the possibilities of open source technology with the needs and requirements of end users, with the objective of enabling the development and adoption of innovative open source solutions in targeted industries such as embedded devices, telecoms, media, public administration, and education. At specialized seminars, COSS members can get into contact with the leading experts in selected technology and business domains.

Information services and business promotion
COSS offers interlinked directories of world-class open source products and related service providers in Finland. Also, COSS produces case studies of open source deployments that meet the needs of a wide range of customer types through application of open source software and related services. Special events and Web-based media keep the target audiences informed about the latest developments in the open source marketplace. Special attention is paid to various open source business models highlighting the sustainability of open source in business use.

  • Professional services for open source research and business development
    In close collaboration with the leading universities, Tekes, and the EC, COSS activates and coordinates technology- and business-related research activities in Finland. COSS provides services for project creation and management, communication, and dissemination of knowledge. In cooperation with specialist partners such as Finpro, COSS arranges and executes business development programs for the growth and internationalization of Finnish open-source-focused businesses.


The above paragraphs are verbatim from COSS website: they are a good example to be followed for NZ to become a Centre of Excellence in Parallel Programming

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