Authors: Pedro Andrade. Joao Sarraipa, Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves
Abstract: Nowadays, it has been noticed an increased demand for interoperable systems capable of exchanging information within collaborative business environments. Consequently, cooperation agreements between each of the involved enterprises have been brought to light. However, due to the fact that even in a same community or domain, there are a big variety of business concept models that are not semantically coincident, which embodies the need of an enterprise reference lexicon definition for interoperable communications establishment. This paper proposes an approach that addresses the automation in the information models mapping and the reference lexicon construction. It aggregates a formal and conceptual representation of the business domain, with a clear definition of the used lexicon to facilitate a further and overall understanding of the business model.
Authors: Borja Ramis Ferrer, Ruben de Juan-Marín, Emili Miedes, Angelica Nieto, Jose L. Martínez Lastra, Raul Peña-Ortiz
Abstract: The advances on information and communication technologies allow the development of collaboration tools, which exchange different type of data in order to optimize certain functionality. Distributed and large-scale systems (e.g. supply chains) have incorporated many systems and new technologies that are compatible with collaboration tools for optimizing processes. However, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) have not yet implemented the access to such tools due to their limited resources.
Authors: Carlos Agostinho, Jose Ferreira and Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves
Abstract: In order to remain competitive with big corporations, small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) often need to be more dynamic, adapt to new business situations, react faster, and thereby survive in today's global economy. To do so, SMEs normally seek to create consortiums become aligned with the new Internet trends, thus gaining access to new and more opportunities. However, this strategy may also lead to complications, especially at the level of interoperability. Systems become more and more dynamic with evolving information models and “liquid” semantic domains with fuzzy boundaries. Collaboration networks and partnerships frequently change to answer new customer's requirements, causing new interoperability problems and a reduction of efficiency when not solved. A similar situation is occurring at the level of IoT with the replacement of devices from different manufacturers. This work proposes a mediator system to enable self-sustainable interoperability, monitoring existing enterprise information systems and their devices, by predicting future behaviors and automatically detecting past changes that may harness interoperability. With this, network harmonization disruptions are detected in a timely way, and possible solutions are suggested to regain the interoperable status, thus enhancing robustness for reaching sustainability of business networks along time.
Authors: Raquel Sanchis and Raul Poler
Abstract: La colaboración, es una tendencia en la gestión de las redes de suministro, que se basa en la planificación, coordinación e integración de procesos de forma conjunta entre todas las entidades de la red. Debido a las características actuales de incertidumbre en los mercados y crisis económica, se precisa de herramientas que fomenten la colaboración para reducir costes e incrementar la confianza y responsabilidad frente a los requerimientos del mercado. El presente estudio muestra las líneas de investigación del proyecto europeo H2020: C2NET, que van dirigidas hacia el desarrollo de un espacio en la Nube con herramientas de optimización y de gestión ágil, con interfaces intuitivas a través de cualquier dispositivo que proporcionan información en tiempo real a toda la red con el fin de mejorar sus procesos decisionales.
Authors: Jose Ferreira, Carlos Agostinho and Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves
Abstract: Enterprises are motivated to join collaborative networks, looking forward to reducing time to market, innovating products and lowering prices. However, each enterprise has its own legacy on Enterprise Information Systems, a fact that has been creating a significant interoperability problem when intending to cooperate with others using dissimilar information systems. This paper proposes to reuse existing modelling and architecture technology in a framework to support the sustainability of interoperability among networked enterprises. It suggests the implementation of dynamic software adapters to assure the continuous transformation of heterogeneous information, achieving an adaptive mechanism for interoperation among the different enterprise applications, and guaranteeing a seamless communication among the networked enterprises.