Towards User-Oriented Enterprise Modeling for Interoperability
Kai Mertins (Fraunhofer Institute IPK, Germany), Thomas Knothe (Fraunhofer Institute IPK, Germany) and Martin Zelm (CIMOSA Association, Germany)
Copyright: © 2005
This chapter introduces Enterprise Modeling from a user point of view as a means to support new approaches for the development of networked organizations. User-oriented Enterprise Modeling must be capable to capture a multitude of enterprise aspects and present them to users in their preferred ways. Such aspects are concerned with the business processes themselves, their integration in inter and intra organizational environments, as well as active knowledge management to support the enterprise operation as a whole. Today, these requirements are addressed separately, using single non-interoperating modeling tools. The chapter describes the structuring of user requirements as well as the initial design of the Unified Enterprise Modeling Language (UEML) developed in a research project sponsored by the European Commission. During this project, the feasibility and benefits of user-oriented modeling have been proven with a Web-based demonstrator integrating three commercial modeling tools. Broadening the generic approach taken will provide more solutions for interoperability in the extended enterprise environment.