CIMOSA - News
Editor: Martin Zelm, Gehenbuehlstr. 18A, D-70499
Vol. 6/2, date 99-06-15
The CIMOSA - News is published by the CIMOSA Association.
The CIMOSA News will report on CIMOSA applications, evolution of its technical
specification, advancements in standardisation and related items. Contributions
from other parties are welcome. The CIMOSA - News will be printed periodically
and is also available in the internet under http://www.cimosa.de
New CIMOSA Web Site
The CIMOSA Association is preparing a new Web site which
will provide a focal point on Enterprise Engineering and Integration (EE&I).
The URL of the new Web site will be http://www.cimosa.de,
and it is hosted at the University BW Munich at the Institute of Information
Management in Industry, which is chaired by Professor Bernhard Katzy.
The Web site will provide current information on EE&I
by identifying relevant publications (title, abstract and source) and structuring
the information in different categories and sub-categories. Three main
categories have been identified at the web site:
In addition, a Forum capability will be offered which will
provide for moderated discussions on specific topics. General search capabilities,
links to relevant Web sites and electronic mail will provide further support
for Web site users. The previous web site <cimosa.cnt.pl> will stay
online for the next 12 months.
Enterprise Modelling (information on enterprise modelling
and modelling applications)
ICT Tools and Infrastructures for Enterprise Modelling (short
profiles of selected ICT Tools and integrating platforms)
Standards (information on related standardisation work)
The third symposia of the International Computer Science
Conventions (ICSC) on Intelligent Industrial Automation and Soft Computing
held in Genova/Italy from June 1-4, 1999 was addressing research results
and industrial applications in soft computing and its main constituents,
neural networks, fuzzy logic and genetic algorithms as well as development,
formalisation and methodologies of problem modelling. The application oriented
sessions covered areas of economy and business modelling, hierarchical
distributed control and process optimisation and advanced industrial applications
of soft computing in medicine, biology and traffic control.
In a special session 'New trends in Enterprise Modelling'
organised by Vincent Chapurlat from Ecole de Mines d’Ales/France and supported
by the French Groupement de Recherche en Productique (GRP), a CIMOSA invited
paper was presented addressing user methodologies and ways to overcome
the multiplicity of conflicting particular solutions which hampers the
business applications of enterprise modelling. The five papers of the session
showed some synergy and proposed solutions for the major issues in enterprise
modelling: BP modelling in enterprise networks, the modelling of human,
organisational, decisional aspects as well as user oriented languages and
methodologies. The proceedings can be ordered at the ICSC web site http://www.icsc.ab.ca.
Simulation plays an increasing role in decision support
for planning, operation and monitoring of enterprise processes. The German
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (FhG) held a workshop in Munich on April 22/23
titled ‘Compound simulation competency in co-operation of production and
logistics’. The workshop presented recent results of advanced projects
from industry and universities focusing on the areas production planning,
logistics and supply chain. Simulation can be used as a cross section function
capable of integrating inter-organisational aspects like human resources
and quality. Simulation itself should be based on process models covering
the entire life cycle of the system. Further, the concept of different
views on the same model to reduce complexity is widely accepted. However,
the acceptance in industry is still far below the business opportunities
of model based simulation. Relevant documents may be obtained from the
web site http://www.fhg.de.
Since its market release in late 1994, the FirstSTEP toolset
developed by Interfacing Technologies of Montreal, Canada has been proven
to be one of the most practical solutions for business process management
initiatives. Being a methodology independent enterprise modeling and simulation
application, FirstSTEP has been adopted by industry leaders from such diversified
sectors as manufacturing, finance, telecom, healthcare, public, and others.
Its concept and approach are compatible to the CIMOSA framework. Most notably
is the user front-end simplicity that has enabled its acceptance by the
typical business user.
A very recent FirstSTEP application is concerned with
the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) process at America Online Inc. (AOL).
The analysis of the business process helped in the better design of the
final ICT solution. Which resulted in a reduction of the elapsed time by
55%, and a reduction of operating costs by 30%. This lead to significantly
improved customer satisfaction and the freeing of critical resources.
‘Handbook on Architectures of Information systems’ edited
by P. Bernus, G. Schmidt and K. Mertins, the first volume of a series titled
Handbooks on Information Systems. This volume starts with the basic
aspects of information systems, namely architectures and provides a state
of the art survey of theory and applications. The book covers a wide range
of information system topics like techniques and languages for the description
of information systems, software engineering methods for information system
construction, tools for analysis and design, reference models and selected
topics of integrating infrastructures.
The book covers topics of traditional information systems
like organisational analysis and strategic change management methods as
well as architectures for enterprise integration. Well known experts from
academia and industry have provided contributions, and the editors have
succeeded to provide a clear structure of the different topics in the 36
chapters of the book, balancing the level of details within and between
the chapters. All chapters offer extensive references for further reading.
The general idea of perceiving information systems as components of the
integrated enterprise system can be found throughout the whole volume.
Source: ISBN 3-540-64453-9 Springer-Verlag 1998, 834 pages.
PRIMA II (EP 20775): After the termination of the
project the PRIMA consortium is working on a plan for dissemination of
the concept of the management round table and the PRIMA business functional
requirements A pilot to demonstrate the PRIMA methodology is under consideration.
DARIF: The final project results will be presented
at a workshop at the WBK Institute of Karlsruhe University on June 29,
1999. The CIMOSA contribution is titled model based business process management
ISO TC184/SC5/WG1 held a meeting in London, Ontario,
Canada on February 16/18. According to the comments received the DIS status
has been changed to FDIS and a second ballot is required by the member
countries. Further, The SC 5 chairman conducted a joint session of the
working groups 1, 2, 4, and 5, to discuss the feasibility of using common
modelling languages in SC 5. Candidates included the eXtensible Markup
Language (XML), Universal Data Element Framework (UDEF), Process Specification
Language (PSL), Universal Modelling Language (UML), and EXPRESS. Out of
these candidates XML and PSL received the highest scores.
CEN TC 310/WG1 has submitted the EMEIS proposal
to CEN TC 310 for ballot. The proposal has been registered under preENV
Special Issue in Computers in Industry, on
CIM Open Systems Architecture - Evolution and Application in Enterprise
Engineering and Integration’ with papers on evolution and applications
of Enterprise Engineering and Integration, tools and infrastructures
as well as standardisation. The special issue will be published in 4Q 1999.
IFAC 14th World Congress, Beijing, P.R. China.
SIIT - 1st IEEE Conference on Standardisation
and Innovation in Information Technology, Aachen, Germany, 99-09-15/17.
IMS’99 – Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, Leuven, Belgium,
INTERKAMA-ISA-TECH, Düsseldorf, Germany, 99-10-18/23.
CIMOSA Promotion material
‘Enterprise Engineering and Integration - Why and How', a
primer on concepts, purpose and business value, CIMOSA Association, private
‘CIMOSA - a primer on key concepts, purpose and business
value’, and selected papers at CIMOSA web site
‘CIMOSA - Open System Architecture for CIM’;
ESPRIT Consortium AMICE, Springer-Verlag 1993, (ISBN 3-540-56256-7), (ISBN
‘CIMOSA - Open System Architecture for CIM’, Technical
Baseline, Version 3.2; CIMOSA Association e.V., private publication 96/02/15.
‘Enterprise Engineering and Integration: Building International
Consensus’; Proceedings of ICEIMT’97 Intern. Conference on Enterprise
Integration and Modelling Technology; Kosanke, K., Nell, J.G. (Eds.) Springer
Verlag 1997, (ISBN 3-540-63402-9)
The CIMOSA Association (COA) is a non-profit organisation
involved in promotion of Enterprise Engineering and Integration based on
CIMOSA and its active support in national, European and international standardisation.
COA members are industrial and research organisations.