GLOBEMEN WP2
D23 Guidelines for Inter-Enterprise Management

 

 

Executive summary

This document is a deliverable of Work package 2 of the IMS Globemen (GMN) project: D23 Guidelines for Inter-Enterprise Management (IEM). IMS Globemen is an inter-regional project aiming to develop methods, tools and architectures to support inter-enterprise operations in one-of-kind industries, in different lifecycle phases. This report focuses on management of the inter-enterprise delivery process. It is based on the identification of industrial requirements and the specification of the tools in GMN industrial case in EU. These have been reported in earlier deliverables D21 (Requirements) and D22 (Specification). Correspondingly, this report operates as input for further generalisation over the lifecycle in D43: Guidelines for Virtual Manufacturing Enterprise.

The main objective of the deliverable is to describe guidelines how companies may operate in an inter-enterprise environment supported by C-Project, the developed solution for Inter-Enterprise Management.

The structure of the deliverable is as follows:

-        Chapter Introduction introduces the guidelines and outlines the structure of the deliverable

-        Chapter Definitions defines key terms along with a list of acronyms used in the deliverable

-        Chapter General considerations gives a general introduction to the Virtual Enterprise concept of GLOBEMEN as well as introducing different types of partnership and information needs related to each of these.

-        Chapter Vision and business environment gives a description of a Vision and Business Environment for OKP
This section starts with a description of the holistic vision of how an OKP enterprise envision to do business in the future. This is followed by a description of the current business environment the company is facing, intended to give an insight in the motivation for why the enterprise pursues the vision described. This chapter concludes with a more detailed description of a vision for inter-enterprise management (IEM).

-        Chapter Guidlines for Enterprise management (IEM) contains the actual Guidelines
The chapter contains guidelines for how to prepare enterprise network in being able to set up and manage virtual enterprises. The section consists of a set of activities an enterprise should/could consider when preparing itself to operate in a dynamic inter-enterprise environment such as a virtual enterprise. The list should be seen as checklist to go through, cowering mainly issues relevant when selecting partners and configuring virtual enterprise from an inter-enterprise management point of view.

-        Chapter C-Project Description of the solution, C-Project
Describes the solution developed as a part of GLOBEMEN to partially support inter-enterprise management as described in the vision. The solution, C-Project, is a software application that supports collaborative project (hence the name C-project).

-        Chapter Conclusions contain conclusions and a description of future work

-        Chapter References Contains references used in the deliverable

-        Appendix A: Describes the detailed C-Project use cases. They are based on GLOBEMEN deliverables D21 and D22,

1 INTRODUCTION 7

1.1 BACKGROUND 7

1.2 OBJECTIVE AND CONTENTS OF THE REPORT 7

2 DEFINITIONS 9

2.1 GLOSSARY OF KEY TERMS 9

2.2 ACRONYMS 10

3 GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS 11

3.1 VE CONCEPT 11

3.2 VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE REFERENCE ARCHITECTURE 12

3.3 TYPE OF PARTNERSHIP AND INFORMATION NEEDS 13

4 VISION AND BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT 16

4.1 HOLISTIC VIEW 16

4.2 BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT 17

4.3 IEM VIEW 18

5 GUIDELINES FOR INTER-ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT (IEM)20

5.1 GENERAL ISSUES 20

5.1.1 Normative vs. explorative reasoning 20

5.1.2 Work preparation and configuration 20

5.2 IEM GUIDELINES 22

5.2.1 Establishment and Operation of Network-IEM Focus 23

5.2.1.1 Network identification 23

5.2.1.2 Network concept and requirements 24

5.2.1.3 Network configuration 25

5.2.1.4 Network operation 26

5.2.2 Set Up of VEs - IEM Focus 28

5.2.2.1 VE Concept and requirements 28

5.2.2.2 VE Configuration 29

5.2.3 Operation of VEs - IEM Focus 30

5.2.3.1 Planning 31

5.2.3.2 Scheduling 32

5.2.3.3 Capture Progress 33

5.2.3.4 Monitoring and assessment 33

5.2.3.5 Handover and Billing 34

5.2.4 Decommission of VEs 35

5.2.4.1 Decommission 35

6 C-PROJECT 36

6.1 DESCRIPTION OF SOLUTION 36

6.1.1 System Modules 36

6.2 USAGE SCENARIOS 37

7 CONCLUSIONS 38

8 REFERENCES 39

9 APPENDIX A: C-PROJECT USE CASES 40