Wognum, P.M., Mensink, G.J., Bühl, H., Ma, X., Sedmak-Wells, M., Fan, I.S., Sobolewski, M., and Cha, J.
Concurrent Engineering. The Worldwide Engineering Grid. Proceedings of the 11th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering, 26-30 July 2004, Beijing, P.R. China, 583 - 588 STARTPAGE=583;ENDPAGE=588;TITLE=Concurrent Engineering. The Worldwide Engineering Grid. Proceedings of the 11th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering, 26-30 July 2004, Beijing, P.R. China
Implementation of enterprise systems in companies is a complex and dynamic process, requiring collaboration between many different roles within and across organisational borders. Current research on implementation of enterprise systems consists of the major part of large-scale studies aimed at identifying success and failure factors. Although these factors are useful and necessary for achieving a good start of an implementation project, these factors are not sufficient for predicting or explaining project outcomes.In this paper, an approach is described to gather knowledge on the dynamics of an enterprise system implementation project. The knowledge gathered is used to develop a tool for assessing and improving the start-up situation of an enterprise system implementation project. Initial innovative results are presented.
A simulation model of an in-line Flexible Manufacturing System has been built using the declarative computer programming lan guage PROLOG. The model is a vehicle for the study of dynamic responses of Flexible Manufacturing System control. Animation of system status and powerful user interaction are essential for this application.A simple but effective structure has been formulated in PROLOG as a core kernel of the simulator. The decision making process is modelled as a set of functional queues. Partitioning of the de cision functions permits modeling of complex peer-to-peer co ordinated decision making in non-trivial control environments. This offers many advantages over traditional manufacturing simu lation systems.The authors describe appropriate strategies for the realization of acceptable computational performance while retaining the powerful benefits of the PROLOG environment. The result is a practical operational system which features an incremental de velopment upgrade path, quick prototyping, fast and clearly understood code changes. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]