The ICEIMT'02 (International Conference on Enterprise Integration and
Modelling Technology) was held at the University Polytechnic of Valencia,
Spain, on 2002-04-24/26, with an attendance of over 70 people from academia
and industry coming from all five continents - Africa (South Africa), America
(Canada, USA), Asia (China and Japan), Australia, and Europe (Austria,
Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Spain, Sweden,
The Netherlands and UK).
The conference had only one stream of presentations and the agenda was
organised according to the themes of the preceding workshops. Each of the
four workshop themes sessions
started with an overview paper on the subject followed by the workgroup
reports. Papers on selected topics provided additional information on the
different subjects. The opening sessions started with welcome addresses
by the Valencia regional government and the University followed by presentations
from the two main sponsors – the European Commission and NIST - and a key
note paper on enterprise modelling. A special session at the end of the
conference provided information on international projects.
Knowledge management in inter- and intra-organization environments (WS
Enterprise inter- and intra-organization engineering and integration (WS
Interoperability of business processes and enterprise models (WS 3)
Common representation of enterprise models (WS 4)
The closing session of the conference was devoted to a discussion on
the future of the initiative on international consensus. The planning for
next steps identified discrete areas of need. These are described in the
below action list:
Abstracts of the papers including the summary of the group reports have
been included in the conference brochure and have been distributed as part
of the conference handouts. Most abstracts are or will become available
at the CIMOSA website and the NIST website. The conference proceedings
will also contain selected papers presented at the EI3-IC workshops. The
proceedings will be published by Kluwer Academic Publisher in 3Q/2002
Establish an educational program to create a science of enterprise integration,
to be supported by the Enterprise Integration Laboratory (EIL) of Toronto
Create a publication venue, to be implemented via the first EI conference
in Toronto in 2004. The rationale for the conference is primarily to provide
a publication forum, feeding existing journals or perhaps creating a new
Continue the workshop process: The value of the ICEIMT workshops as the
primary vehicle for sharing ideas is well recognised, getting reality checks,
and establishing consensus research directions. The preference was for
more frequency, perhaps yearly.
Support EI standards: The reasoning was that the EI community depends on
standards as a key strategy and focus for interaction.
Form, propose and execute research projects: Obviously, there is much interest
in proposing projects to the EU Sixth Framework Program, which seems well
disposed to the EI agenda.
Support the vendor base: A vendor suggested a frequently-updated "handbook
of enterprise integration."
Outreach to parallel communities: As EI is highly interdisciplinary, the
importance of outreach to other disciplines is essential. The web connection
has been noted, and also the cogent academic disciplines. Of special interest
is the human factors community.
Develop a clear business case, which will probably be satisfied through
practical user consciousness in the above listed actions.
More information at http://www.cimosa.de/EI3-IC/index1.html
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