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Requirements for plug and play information infrastructure frameworks and architectures to enable virtual enterprises
Author(s): Richard W. Bolton; Allen Dewey; Paul W. Horstmann; John Laurentiev
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Paper Abstract

This paper examines the role virtual enterprises will have in supporting future business engagements and resulting technology requirements. Two representative end-user scenarios are proposed that define the requirements for 'plug-and-play' information infrastructure frameworks and architectures necessary to enable 'virtual enterprises' in US manufacturing industries. The scenarios provide a high- level 'needs analysis' for identifying key technologies, defining a reference architecture, and developing compliant reference implementations. Virtual enterprises are short- term consortia or alliances of companies formed to address fast-changing opportunities. Members of a virtual enterprise carry out their tasks as if they all worked for a single organization under 'one roof', using 'plug-and-play' information infrastructure frameworks and architectures to access and manage all information needed to support the product cycle. 'Plug-and-play' information infrastructure frameworks and architectures are required to enhance collaboration between companies corking together on different aspects of a manufacturing process. This new form of collaborative computing will decrease cycle-time and increase responsiveness to change.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 January 1997
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 2913, Plug and Play Software for Agile Manufacturing, (21 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.263455
Show Author Affiliations
Richard W. Bolton, National Industrial Information Infrastructure Protocols Consortium (United States)
Allen Dewey, National Industrial Information Infrastructure Protocols Consortium (United States)
Paul W. Horstmann, National Industrial Information Infrastructure Protocols Consortium (United States)
John Laurentiev, National Industrial Information Infrastructure Protocols Consortium (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2913:
Plug and Play Software for Agile Manufacturing
Barbara L. Maia Goldstein, Editor(s)

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