Integration in a basic framework of services to support program management, KPI management, quality monitoring, knowledge management to leverage past experience.

31oct2008

E4: Extended enterprise management in enlarged Europe



Vision

E4 wants to implement an effective, integrated and easy to understand platform which is user friendly and supports the following processes at a low cost.

  • Project Management;
  • Project Monitoring and Control;
  • Project Traceability and Quality Control;
  • Product Structure Management;
  • Knowledge Management;
  • supports the use of CAE tools on a pay-peruse basis;
  • access to CAE service providers;
  • connectivity to local OEM systems.

E4 wants to implement an effective, integrated and easy to understand platform which is user friendly and supports the following processes at a low cost.

Main innovations

The innovations claimed by E4 concern:

  • The platform concept and the underlying business model
  • The technologies which will be harnessed to achieve the necessary adaptability, modularity and connectivity: Web services and ontology.


Objectives

The E4 project's major aim is to specifically support Eastern Europe enterprises to take active part and jointly develop collaboration initiatives with long-tradition Western EU R&D and Innovation Centres for intelligent and extended products development in several sectors of the EU manufacturing industry;

In particular the objectives are:

  • To support the integration of OEM and suppliers (expecially SMEs) in the network enterprise
  • To Achieve higher quality and efficiency in executing distributed processes related to new products design.


Abstract

The ambition of E4 STREP is to be the catalyst of current and past RandD multi-disciplinary efforts (organisational, managerial, psychological, socio-economical, technical) to finally apply c-business and extended product paradigms to enlarged EU SMEs, irrespective of the sector they belong to and of their geographical location.The method followed will be a holistic multi-dimensional collaborative approach which is able to encompass all stages of collaboration from cradle-to-grave (initiation, management, operational life and dissolution), all phases of extended products development (conception, design, prototyping), all forms of collaboration (ad-hoc, mediated and planned) and all enterprise assets in any type of business network (people, ICT-systems, processes and knowledge assets).This holistic paradigm requires a multi-disciplinary and multi-sector perspective, in which human skills and competencies, heterogeneous knowledge assets, independent business models and proprietary ICT systems have to become cooperative and concurrent working teams, shared and accessible resources, synchronised and interconnected processes, inter-operable and open enterprise applications.To obtain all this E4 aims at developing and engineering a platform to support project and process management, which integrate the tools and functions required by the networks they belong to in a cost-effective way. It will moreover support a seamless data exchange with the different levels: design constraints, partial BOMs (Bill of Materials) from above; partial drawings, BOMs and project KPI (Key Performance Indicators) from below. The project will rely upon ASP concepts to provide the required resources-tools or services in a Web based mode to be paid on a use basis- and will define or complete appropriate ontology.

Results

The development of an innovative integrated engineering environment specifically tailored to the needs of the suppliers operating in a design network which involves companies from all over Europe. The integration in a basic framework of services to support program management, KPI management, quality monitoring, knowledge management to leverage past experience.

Functionalities

What E4 wants to implement is an effective, integrated, easy to understand, user friendly and low cost platform which will combine the following functions into just one platform:

  • Project Management
  • Project Monitoring and Control
  • Project Traceability and Quality Control
  • Product Structure Management
  • Knowledge Management in just one platform
  • Supports the use of CAE tools on a pay-per-use basis
  • Access to CAE services providers
  • Connectivity to local OEM systems.


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