Enterprise Modelling

Books and Journals:

Handbook  on Architectures for Information Systems, P. Bernus, K. Mertins, G. Schmidt (Eds)

The International Handbooks on Information Systems summarises the basic aspects of information systems, architectures and provides a state of the art survey of theory and applications. The book covers a wide range of information system topics like techniques and languages for the description of information systems, software engineering methods for information system construction, tools for analysis and design, reference models and selected topics of integrating infrastructures. The book covers topics of traditional information systems like organisational analysis and strategic change management methods as well as architectures for enterprise integration. With 30 contributions the book is an authoritative source of information for professional researchers, users and gradate students, it provides a reference source for problem solvers in business , industry and government.

Structure of Contents:
Part One: Techniques and Language for the Description of Information Systems. Following a rather thorough characterisation of information modelling techniques by J. Mylopoulos a total of 14 different modelling languages are described ranging from SQL, ORM/NIAM and Petri Nets to IDEF, EXPRESS, CIMOSA, GRAI and Workflow languages.

Part Two: Software Engineering Methods for Information System Construction. Three of the four papers present comprehensive overviews on software, information and object-oriented engineering. The fourth paper on Euromethod Contract Management is on support for software procurement in Europe.

Part Three: Tools for Analysis and Design. This part is opened by a good analysis of the needs in enterprise modelling support by Tissot and Crump, which lists the major roadblocks an provides an overview on existing solutions. Six different tools (ARIS, Bonapart, IBM VisualAge, MO²GO, PROPLAN and WorkParty) are described in the following papers.

Part Four: Reference Models. A collection of reference models is provided by the five papers in this part covering specific applications (insurance, banking, production and logistics systems and business application systems) and concluding with a description of the ODP and OMA reference models, which are developed by ISO and the Object Management Group (OMG) for general use.

Part Five: Selected Topics in Integrating Infrastructures. T. Goransons paper on architectural requirements of commercial products provides a good synthesis from the Europe/USA sponsored ICEIMT initiatives. It is followed by three papers on themes related to enterprise integration: infrastructures for agile manufacturing, distributed processing and integration through agent co-ordination.

Springer-Verlag 1998, ISBN 3-540-64453-9

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