Enterprise Modelling

Papers and reports:

IEMC'99 the IFIP International Enterprise Modelling Conference, held in Verdal, Norway, 99-06-12/14. - Conference report

The conference was intended to bring together industrial practitioners and researchers to present, discuss and further develop experience with enterprise modelling. The conference was attended by an international audience of about 50 people from academia and industry. It was organised in plenary sessions with invited papers and 3 parallel sessions with a total of 30 papers.

Group work on:
1) Enterprise modelling in the future,
2) Enterprise modelling as a tool and
3) The extended enterprise complemented the paper presentations.

As a common result of the group discussions, the development of an integrated meta-model, or at least of several meta-models - under one integrated meta-meta-model - is urgently needed. This task is to be done by formal meta-model/ontology developers and in languages such as UML, PSL, EDIF, CIMOSA.

The invited papers addressed very general topics in enterprise modelling.

1) P. Bernus, Griffith University, Australia: What, why and how to model in the enterprise; used GERAM as a generalising framework and addressed model interoperability, a reference model for virtual enterprises and plug-and-play enterprise engineering as the main research topics for future work.

2) R. Hysom, NCR, USA: Adding value to en-terprise modelling, focussed on knowledge management and modelling as a means to capture the enterprise knowledge. The paper identified a modelling framework of which two dimensions have been discussed: efficacy and perspective. Efficacy is on model ability (static, dynamic, effecting), perspective is on understanding (structure, behaviour, results). With emphasis on valuemetric models examples of static and dynamic result-type models have been presented. (modelling framework references are private publications only.)

3) N.M. Sadeh, EU, Belgium/Carnegie Mellon University, USA: MASCOT an agent based architecture for co-ordinated mixed-initiative supply chain planning and scheduling, which is built around a customisable agent wrapper concept.

The conference proceedings have been made available by SINTEF, c/o G. Grøtan, N-7465 Trondheim, Norway.
For copies contact: Gunnveig.grotan@indman.sintef.no

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