Enterprise Design and EngineeringEnterprise Integration Laboratory
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Updated: 18 February 2002
Enterprise Design and Engineering
The Goals of Enterprise EngineeringThe goal of the Enterprise Engineering Project at the University of Toronto is to:
Generic Enterprise Models
The goal of this research is to create a generic, reusable representations of Enterprise Knowledge that can be reused across a variety of applications. A rich and precise representation lies at the heart of Enterprise Design.This research will expand upon the TOVE enterprise model (see attached paper on TOVE). This task will provide a set of standard objects that can be used as a basis for the process of modelling in order to build a system that can be used with out considerable knowledge in computer science.
Enterprise Design Perspectives
The best enterprise design is one that optimises each of the perspectives that exist in the enterprise. Examples of enterprise perspectives include: Quality, Cost, Efficiency, and Agility, and management perspectives such as Motivation, Culture, and Incentives. This task will develop for each perspective a theory of design that results in the optimisation of the perspective. The theory will incorporate the ability to measure a partial/complete design and to guide the designer in the decision making.
For example, consider the efficiency perspective. The modelling task will provide ontologies (i.e., object libraries) that can be used to construct a model of the activities of a process, its resource usages, constraints, time, etc. Based on these models the efficiency perspective will provide tools to design, analyze and evaluate organisational activities, processes, and structures. These tools will also be capable to represent and model the current status of an enterprise and to analyze and assess potential changes. One issue is whether there exists sufficient knowledge of the process of designing and optimising business activties/processes to incorporate in knowledge-based tools.
User Interface for Enterprise Design
The success of an Enterprise Design Work bench depends upon the ease with which it can be used to support an application. The ergonomics of the interface represent a significant research issue. Issues include the appropriate level of abstraction at which design occurs, symbology, and visualization.
One additional requirement the workbench has to support workgroups, i.e., different people will be working on or with the same enterprise model and the system has to coordinate these activities. This also includes it has to support concurrent modelling processes and to coordinate and monitor the contributions and activities of different people that are involved in these tasks. This includes the negotiation of inconsistent changes to the model.
The goal of the Enterprise Design application project is to develop a software tool that enables a manager to explore alternative enterprise designs that encompass both the structure and behavior of the enterprise over extended periods of time. Issues such as motivation, culture, incentives are explored along with organization structure, functions, activity, cost, quality, information, etc.