TIE Research, Development and Innovation (RDI)

Innovation is generally understood as “the successful introduction of a new thing or method”. It is “the embodiment, combination, or synthesis of knowledge in original, relevant, valued new products, processes, or services”. An important distinction is normally made between invention and innovation. Invention is the first occurrence of an idea for a new product or process, while innovation is the first attempt to carry it out into practice. Innovation in TIE means innovation to our products and thus our customers. For further information on our Research, Development and Innovation department (RDI) download our brochure (pdf).

RDI Products Overview

TIE is particularly close to next generation technologies. TIE tries to take profit of all the new technologies that land in our hands and try to combine them with well-known and widely used technologies and languages, such as Java or .NET. For example, RDI Integration products TSB and TSS, the Business Intelligence product Revolution eXtreme and Content Syndication SaaS solution have .NET as basis whereas the RDI Kinetix solution and TSI Java as basis. This technology selection encourages the RDI team to stay up-to-date with a broad variety of technologies. The biggest silo of products in the RDI domains is Business Integration where TSB, TSI, eVision and TSS play a significant role in their domains. The other four silos are well represented with their own products.To this end the products covered under RDI are the following:

• Kinetix: Kinetix, Mapping Repository
• Business Integration: TSB, TSI, eVision, TSS
• E-Commerce: E-Commerce
• Content Syndication: CSP
• Business Intelligence: Revolution eXtreme


RDI Projects Overview


As said in the RDI Products section, TIE is particularly close to next generation technologies. One of the ways we promote our skills and acquire new skills is through multi-partner cooperative European and National research projects. In this context TIE has been particularly active in the European Commission framework innovation programs (e.g. FP7) and now Horizon 2020 which will spend about 80 Billion Euros in important fields such as ICT, Factories of the Future, Energy and Health. TIE is also active in Pan European programs such as ITEA (a strategic pan-European programme for advanced pre-competitive RDI in Software-intensive Systems and Services) and Eurostars (a European Joint Programme dedicated to the RDI performing SMEs and co-funded by the European Communities and EUREKA member countries). To this end TIE has led or partnered in several projects such as:

• FP7: Factories of the Future: ADVENTURE, PREMANUS, ARUM
• FP7: NMP: Net-Challenge
• FP7: Technology Enhanced Learning: INTUITEL
• Eurostars: OPDM
• National: OPDM, CREATE
• CEN: eGovShare


TIE is an excellent partner in terms of cooperation, through leadership and operation. Our RDI team has worked in key topical areas such as SaaS, Cloud, Mobile, Semantics, Federation, Future Internet, Interoperability, Big Data, Content Syndication… as well as vital technologies such as RDF, OWL, SparQL, SOA, etc. As testimony to our excellence in this area, both the STASIS and SAM proposals were the top-ranked proposal in their respective calls with an unprecedented score of 29/30 for STASIS and 14.5/15 for SAM. Another example is the INCREASE proposal where TIE was put forward to coordinate a consortium of excellence including SAP, ATOS, Telefonica, and Technicolor. In ARUM, coordinator EADS and partners such as Airbus and MGS, invited TIE to join for its business integration experience. Further information on TIE Kinetix expertise in the research field can be found in our downloadable Research Profile.


Participation in both European, Regional and National innovation initiatives has many advantages to TIE, its personnel and thus its customers. From being at the forefront of technology knowledge, to influencing technical direction, through to using the tangible results in our products… participation in such initiatives enables a full range of possibilities. TIE has been active in this field since 2004 with a specific strategy designed to contribute our vision and our experience and also extract knowledge and insight into our solutions. We are a highly sought after partner with names from Atos to SAP, from National Technical University of Athens to the Technical University of Vienna inviting us into their Research Proposals… and TIE inviting them to share our ideas.


To help achieve this, TIE has always been active in EDI and ebXML community efforts such as the United Nations CEFACT organisation and the European Standards Institute (CEN). More recently TIE has been involved in NESSI which is the European Commission supported Technology Platform for Software and Services representing 440 members, over 800 individuals, 12 working groups and a 1.7 million strong workforce with an annual turnover of 490 Billion Euros. TIE is one of the formal partnersand recently TIE CEO Jan Sundelin has been selected to Co-Chair the Board. Other Board partners include IBM, Thales, Siemens, SAP, ATOS, etc. 

Partnership and Contact

If you are interested in TIEs activities or have an idea and wish to partner with us in this context please contact TIEs CTO Juan Vicente Vidagany Espert. TIEs RDI team is very knowledgeable in the area of Research funding and activity and has defined methodologies for constructing successful and creative proposals and also, where applicable, coordinating them to success. However, don’t just believe what we say... check-out our testimonials or download our TIE RDI Brochure (pdf).

  • Customers

Call 1-800-624-6354 (US), +31-88-369-8000 (Europe) 
or contact us for more information.