A Reference Model for Industrial Enterprises
August-Wilhelm Scheer (IDS Scheer AG, Germany), Wolfram Jost (IDS Scheer AG, Germany) and Öner Gungoz (Institute for Information Systems at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Germany)
Copyright: © 2007
The introduction of the CIM concept approximately 20 years ago paved the way for holistic examination of logistical and engineering processes alongside the integrated support of information technology within the industrial sector. With the advent of new business management ideas and technological developments, CIM has gradually been developed further and become more integrated with complementary and contemporary concepts. Reference models are developed for the aim of using the CIM concept. The Y-CIM reference model is now established and recognised as a standard reference model within the industrial sector. Furthermore other sectors are increasingly having success with the Y-CIM reference model in order to benefit from improved competences acquired in industry during the last few decades. In recent years the Y-CIM reference model has gradually transformed into a comprehensive reference model that can be applied in a number of sectors. This chapter focuses on the development of business process concepts within the industrial sector and critically discusses the changes made to them over time. There is particular emphasis on the development of CIM and its implementation using the Y-CIM reference model. The article also illustrates the features of the Y-CIM reference model and discusses its applicability in service industries.