21 January 1997 Requirements for plug and play information infrastructure frameworks and architectures to enable virtual enterprises
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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.
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Richard W. Bolton, Richard W. Bolton, Allen Dewey, Allen Dewey, Paul W. Horstmann, Paul W. Horstmann, John Laurentiev, John Laurentiev, } "Requirements for plug and play information infrastructure frameworks and architectures to enable virtual enterprises", Proc. SPIE 2913, Plug and Play Software for Agile Manufacturing, (21 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.263455; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.263455
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