...to use open source technology for the development of an integrated business application for tool and die making enterprises with high performance regarding availability, safety and maintainability at the very onset.

30jun2008

ToolEast: Open source enterprise resource planning and order management system for Eastern European tool and die making



Vision

The vision of Tool East is to develop an open source application for SMEs that allows them to work in tool clusters, favours competiviness and increases their productivity. It will enable tooling clusters to reduce response times and allow the usage of a more dynamic business model at lower costs. Existing open source applications will be adapted and modified in order to meet the vision.

Objectives


  • Lay the foundation for an Open Source ERP Infrastructure that can be easily implemented by novice newcomers and replicated for other SME sectors
  • Develop open source Enterprise Resource Planning(ERP) applications for tool and die making enterprises by e-collaboration of small and mediumsized software enterprises (SMEs)
  • Enable SMEs to participate and collaborate in dynamic business networks
  • Strengthen competition and competitiveness of Eastern European SMEs
  • Support the tool workshops and die making companies with integrated applications using open source technology
  • Connect Customer Relationship Management (CRM) functionalities within ERP applications
  • Bring interoperable information technologies to SMEs in the NAS states, enabling industrial clusters in these areas to conduct e-commerce to deal with far- Eastern wage competition on the model that is successfully protecting jobs in many western European industrial clusters


Abstract

Tool and die making workshops provide critical support for industry by providing and designing customized mechanical components. It is estimated that within the EU these enterprises, especially the Eastern European, are mostly organized as SMEs. They do not have the financial and human resources for the implementation of complex ERP applications from the powerful software suppliers. Furthermore the functionalities of these standardized applications do not fulfil the specific requirements of the tool and die making industry.The project Tool-East will provide a cost-efficient ERP application for tool and die making workshops on the basis of existing open source ERP applications. Within the project the open source application will be adapted and modified for the specific requirements of this branch. The new adapted and modified ERP application supports the efficient coordination of intra-enterprise order processing and strengthens competition and competitiveness of Eastern European SMEs. Primarily, orders management, work planning, resource allocation and CRM need to be optimised and linked together in a dynamic work environment. Moreover ERP applications are necessary for the electronic collaboration in dynamic business networks. To enable industrial cluster to e-collaboration the consisting process and data standards will be considered for the Tool-East project.One main challenge of this project is to use open source technology for the development of an integrated business application for tool and die making enterprises with high performance regarding availability, safety and maintainability at the very onset. Strengthening the open source initiative in general and particularly in this field of business opens an enormous potential for SMEs. Since demands for business software from other branches with specific SME structures are predominantly comparable, results from this project can be transferred easily, so that a large impact can be assumed.

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