CIMOSA - News
Vol. 6.1, date 99-02-15
Editor: Martin Zelm, Gehenbuehlstr. 18A,
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 at http://cimosa.cnt.pl
PRIMA II (EP 20775): XML Representation of CIMOSA
Models has been further progressed. A working group
in the PRIMA project with the CIMOSA Association and Rivcom, UK has developed
the Document Type Definition (DTD) of the CIMOSA-XML metamodel. This metamodel
is the basis for a common set of modelling constructs in order to build
enterprise models, which can be presented in different views to different
users. The presentation of the CIMOSA model starts from the functional
hierarchy (decomposition) of the domain and enterprise functions (Domain
Processes, Business Processes and Enterprise Activities). The behavioural
description of the XML model is presented as a graphic representation.
Information view and resource view are presented by listing Object Views,
Capabilities and Capability Sets with a description of the enterprise functions
that employ them as function inputs, function outputs, needed capabilities
The specification of a Document Type Definition (DTD)
for most CIMOSA constructs has been based on their formal definition in
EXPRESS language. The population of an XML file with data from a particular
CIMOSA model with CIMOSA DTD enables the model representation into Manager,
Business and Technical type of description.The partial CIMOSA model 'Quality
Document Management' described in a business functional requirements study
has been used as a DTD prototyping example.The benefits can be summarised
as: Exchange of CIMOSA models in a neutral form, style sheets that give
users the ability to interact more with the model and the definition of
logical links between information elements. The results of this work are
reported in the PRIMA project deliverables and in a paper titled 'Process
Repository as a management tool' by G.Salvato et.al. to be published in
the upcoming special issue of Com-puters in Industry.
DARIF: A Forum 'Science meets
industry with DARIF participation has been held in Stuttgart, Ger-many
on 99-12-08/09. About 100 Universities from Baden- Württemberg participated
in the Forum pre-senting the results of their research work. Concluding
from the types of Forum attendance and from discussion with the visitors,
it appears that the technology transfer proceeds from universities to consultants
rather than directly to the target group, the SMEs. A summary of the project
results has been published (see below). For information http://www.darif.fh-offenburg.de
5th Framework: with the new call for project proposals
expected by March 15, preparation for proposals has to be started. Interested
parties should establish contacts soon.
Interfacing Technology has further developed the FirstSTEP
(FS) modelling tool into a tool suite which presently consists of four
components covering different phases of business process engineering and
manage-ment. The FS Designer supports enterprise engineer-ing in modelling,
simulating and analysing business processes. FS Charter for Visio®
and FS Viewer pro-vide functionalities for business users allowing to create
process models and to distribute, validate and test models. Finally FS
Designer for Unicenter® TNG™allows to monitor business processes. For
ISO TC184/SC5/WG1 the voting on ISO/DIS 15704 'Requirements
for Enterprise Reference Architectures and Methodology' has been completed
prior to the joint WG1 IFAC/IFIP Task Force meeting which was held in Brisbane,
Australia, November 16/18. According to the comments received the DIS status
has been changed to FDIS and a second ballot is required by the member
ISO 14258 'Concepts and rules for enterprise modelling'
has been published with only a fraction of the necessary corrections made.
SC5 Secretariat to produce and publish a technical corrigendum.
CEN TC 310/WG1 held a meeting in Copenhagen on
December 03/04 in which the draft of the work item on EMEIS (Enterprise
Model Execution and Integration Services) was finalised. The convenor will
submit it to CEN TC 310 for further processing. Next meeting at AFNOR,
Paris, La Défense, on March 15 1999
AIT Forum '98, Guyancourt/Paris, France, October 22/23
on results of the key projects from the AIT Initiative was organised by
DG III and DG XII of the EU, Renault and the French Ministry of Economics,
Finance and Industry and was attended by more than 200 people. Besides
the key note presentations and those on project results, there were interesting
sessions with representatives from French SMEs about net-worked enterprise.
It appears that the technologies for such co-operations are in place but
the general usage, without a few exceptions, is still lacking.
2nd Technology Ventures Congress, Glasgow, UK,
October 29/30 was organised by Scottish Enterprises, Glasgow, UK and was
attended by about 300 people about half of which were from industry, a
significant proportion of which were SMEs. The congress focussed on technology
transfer, presenting local, European and international transfer initiatives,
success stories, visions from industrialists and a comprehensive analysis
of the current state of industries and the educational system in view of
global market developments. The congress demonstrated a well organised
concept of technology transfer which is supported by a government agency
(Technology Ventures, Scottish Enterprise) and involves all Scottish universities.
Scottish Enterprise is the national economic development agency for Scotland.
It employs 600 skilled professionals to provide a range of support for
industry start-ups from University and for SMEs generally. For information
Enterprise Engineering and Integration - Why and How',
a primer on concepts, purpose and business value, has been published by
the CIMOSA Association. The primer is a result of the Esprit project 21859,
EI-IC. It summarises the main ideas, goals and bene-fits of enterprise
engineering and integration in view of decision support and with emphasis
on the new paradigms of extended, virtual and agile enterprises. The brochure
presents the user view of enterprise engineering with its focus on the
roles of users in enterprise modelling. It reports on the standardisation
work on architectures for enterprise integration. The primer can be ordered
from the CIMOSA Association.
Special Issue in Computers in Industry, about 20
papers have been received and reviewed for the issue on 'CIMOSA: CIM Open
Systems Architecture - Evolution and Application in Enterprise Engineering
and Integration'. The papers cover topics in evolution and applications
of Enterprise Engineering and Integration, tools and infrastructures as
well as standardisation. The special issue will be published in 2Q 1999.
Results from DARIF: 'Herausforderung Geschäftsprozesse'
(The Challenge of Business Processes), H. Kühnle, K-H. Sternemann,
K. Harz, (Eds.), Logis-Verlag, Stuttgart 1998, ISBN 3-932298-05-5 (in German).
Enterprise Integration: Current State, Building international
Consensus and Recommendation for the Future, K. Kosanke, Pomiriary, Automatyka,
Robotyka, 1999, (in Polish).
Enterprise Integration - International Consensus (EI-IC)
EP 21859, K. Kosanke, J.G. Nell, F.B. Vernadat, M. Zelm, Proceedings of
Integration in Manufacturing, N. Martensson, R. Mackay, S. Björvinsson
(Eds.) IOS Press 1998, ISBN 90 5199 426 5.
Papers on project work of the CIMOSA Association will be
'IEMC'99 - IFIP International Modelling Conference', in Verdal,
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.
IFAC 14th World Congress, Beijing, P.R. China. 99-07-05/09
ICSC Symposium on Soft Computing (SOCO'99) Genova, Italy,
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 www.cimosa.cnt.pl.
'CIMOSA - Open System Architecture for CIM'; ESPRIT Consortium
AMICE, Springer-Verlag 1993, (ISBN 3-540-56256-7), (ISBN 0-387-56256-7)
'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 or-ganisation
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.