An ASP-Based Product Customization Service Systems for SMEs: A Case Study in Construction Machinery

An ASP-Based Product Customization Service Systems for SMEs: A Case Study in Construction Machinery

Yan Su (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China), Wenhe Liao (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China), Yu Guo (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China) and Shiwen Gao (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/jeis.2008010101
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Abstract

A product customization system with integrated application services is helpful for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The mode of application service provider (ASP) particularly targets SMEs by providing integrated applications. The current product customization system seldom considers integrating with ASPs and orienting product lifecycle. In this article, an ASP-based product customization service system operating in lifecycle-oriented customization mode is proposed. Resource share, product data transform, and product configuration are three important aspects for effectively supporting lifecycle-oriented product customization service. A resource collection method for distributed resource share is put forward. An XML-based data mapping model for isomeric/ isomorphic product data transform is presented. A new algorithm for rapid product configuration is designed, and an interactive virtual environment for collaborative configuration is suggested. Using this system, SMEs can develop their Internet-based sales and customization systems smoothly, in a short time, and at low cost. A construction machinery oriented product customization service platform is introduced as a case study.

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