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Interoperability supported by enterprise modelling

: Jaekel, F.W.; Perry, N.; Campos, C.; Mertins, K.; Chalmeta, R.


Meersman, R.:
On the move to meaningful internet systems 2005 : OTM 2005 workshops: OTM confederated international workshops and posters AWeSOMe, CAMS, GADA, MIOS+INTEROP, ORM, PhDS, SeBGIS, SWWS, and WOSE 2005, Agia Napa, Cyprus, October 31 - November 4, 2005; proceedings
Berlin: Springer, 2005 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3762)
ISBN: 3-540-29739-1
ISBN: 978-3-540-29739-0
ISSN: 0302-9743
International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems (CoopIS) <2005, Agia Napa>
International Conference on Distributed Objects and Applications (DOA) <2005, Agia Napa>
International Conference on Ontologies, Databases, and Applications of Semantics (ODBASE) <2005, Agia Napa>
Workshop on Agents, Web Services and Ontologies Merging (AWeSOMe) <2005, Agia Napa>
Workshop on Context-Aware Mobile Systems (CAMS) <2005, Agia Napa>
Grid Computing Workshop (GADA) <2005, Agia Napa>
Workshop on Inter-Organizational Systems and Interoperability of Enterprise Software and Applications (MIOS+INTEROP) <2005, Agia Napa>
Workshop on Object-Role Modeling (ORM) <2005, Agia Napa>
Ph.D. Student Symposium (PhDS) <2005, Agia Napa>
International Workshop on Web Semantics (SWWS) <2005, Agia Napa>
Workshop on Semantic-Based Geographical Information Systems (SeBGIS) <2005, Agia Napa>
Workshop on Ontologies, Semantics and E-Learning (WOSE) <2005, Agia Napa>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPK ()

The application of enterprise modelling supports the common understanding of the enterprise business processes in the company and across companies. To assure a correct cooperation between two or more entities it is mandatory to build an appropriate model of them. This can lead to a stronger amplification of all the cross-interface activities between the entities. Enterprise models illustrate the organisational business aspects as a prerequisite for the successful technical integration of IT systems or their configurations. If an IT system is not accepted because its usefulness is not transparent to the staff members, then it quickly loses its value due to erroneous or incomplete input and insufficient maintenance. This at the end results in investment losses. The paper exemplifies the strengths, values, limitations and gaps of the application of enterprise modelling to support interoperability between companies. It illustrates a proposal for a common enterprisemodelling framework. This framework is presented in terms of problems to face and knowledge based methodological approach to help solving them. A specific application demonstrates enterprise modelling and the synchronisation between the models as prerequisite for the successful design of Virtual Enterprises.