The 9th International IEEE Enterprise
Distributed Object Computing Conference
19-23 September 2005, Enschede, The
Sponsored by IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Communications Society,
the University of Twente/Center for Telematics and Information Technology, Telematics Institute
Call for Participation in
The 2nd INTEROP Workshop
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
World-class competitiveness of European economy strongly depends on enterprises’ ability in the near future to concretize networked dynamic organizations massively and rapidly. Today, networked business initiatives encounter recurrent difficulties due to the lack of interoperability of enterprises and IT systems. The role of research in this field is to create upstream conditions for technological breakthroughs to avoid that enterprise investments be governed by the incremental evolution of IT offerings.
Interoperability can be defined as the ability of enterprise processes, applications and systems to interact. The capability to efficiently interact, collaborate and exchange information and data with internal and external organizations is one of the most important challenges of any enterprise, especially those pushed by global market forces and growing competition. It is indispensable in order to produce goods and services more quickly, at lower costs, while maintaining higher levels of quality and customization.
Organizations must be able to
adapt and quickly exchange information and data with internal and external
collaborators. This often requires the exchange of administrative, financial and
technical data. Legacy ERP, SCM, LCM and CRM enterprise applications commonly
manage the information required for collaboration, but the software itself was
for the most part, conceived and programmed to be run within specific, secure,
organizational boundaries. In
Interoperability may be considered as achieved if user and application interaction can take place at the three levels: data, applications and business process. The architectures of the enterprise must be modelled taking into account both practical logic, logistics and semantics. This is not only a problem of software and IT technologies. It implies support for communication and transactions between different organizations that should be based on shared business reference models and practical standards. To gain time and efficiency, and to avoid re-defining co-operation rules and software interfaces each time, these reference models must also be based on business standards. The business standards must be independent and weakly coupled with IT solutions and systems to avoid proprietary solutions and to support openness and evolution.
The 2nd INTEROP workshop is an open workshop for reseachers and practitioners of interoperability on multiple levels: inter-enterprise coordination, business process integration, sematic and syntactic application integration, and physical integration.The success of the workshop is granted by a mixture of new contributors to the discussion and dissemination of INTEROP NoE results from the first 18 months of work.
The workshop is a full day workshop with normal paper sessions, discussion sessions, and a panel discussion or invited talk.
The open INTEROP workshop seeks submissions on the following themes:
· Aligning IT-investment and business (enterprise architecture)
· IT aspects of inter-enterprise collaboration and virtual enterprises; systems integration and interoperability
· Enterprise computing - support for business processes
· Realisation technologies for enterprise computing
· Interoperability models, platforms, techniques
· Evolution and management of enterprise computing systems
· Enterprise architecture design and modeling
· Visualising of processes and information flow
· Knowledge and competence management
· Documenting decision-making and policies and impacts (governance)
· Dissemination of INTEROP NoE work from the first 18 months on areas of enterprise modeling, ontologies, and architectures and platforms; especially contributions crossing areas are welcomed.
To enable lively and productive discussion, attendance will be limited to submitters of accepted position papers. All submissions will be formally peer reviewed. Submissions should be 4 to 8 pages in IEEE Computer Society format and include the author's name, affiliation and contact details. Electronic submission in PDF format is expected. They should be submitted by e-mail as postscript or PDF files before July 4, 2005, to the Workshop Chairs (email@example.com).
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Further information about
the Workshop is available
Further information about
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Frank Lillehagen Troux Technologies Inc., Norway
WORKSHOP PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Dan Belville Troux Technologies Inc., USA
Arne Berre SINTEF, Norway
Mark Fox University of Toronto, Canada
Kurt Kosanke CIMOSA Org., Germany
John Krogstie NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Kai Mertins Fraunhofer IPK Berlin, Germany
Herve Panetto University of Nancy, France
Workshop papers due:
Author notification: 19 July 2005
Final papers due: 15 August 2005
ABOUT INTEROP NoE
INTEROP (centres, industry stakeholders and standardisation, bodies supported by the European Commission for a three-year-period in the 6th Framework Programme. INTEROP is aiming to create the conditions of an innovative and competitive research in the domain of interoperability for enterprise applications and software.) is a Network of Excellence with 51 partners from numerous sectors, spanning academic institutions, research
INTEROP will facilitate the emergence of an interoperability research entity through the fusion of three knowledge domains, namely:
· Architectures and Enabling Technologies (A&T) to insure the implementation of frameworks and infrastructures
· Enterprise Modelling (EM) to define interoperability requirements to enable the use of enterprise modelling across network
· Ontology (ONT) to identify interoperability semantics in the enterprise
The integration will be achieved by the end of the 3-year project duration. Meanwhile, INTEROP spreading of excellence activities should ensure the fertilisation of the largest European research community with IT providers and users, to provide a durable Virtual Lab on Interoperability lasting beyond the EU-funded period.
The joint programme of activities comprises four types of activities:
· Integrating activities with four subareas: Knowledge Map, Method of Work and Platform Enabling Collaboration, Mobility of Researchers Method for scientific integration and assessment,
· Joint research activities with four subareas: Common Enterprise Modelling Framework in Distributed Environments, Generation of customised enterprise software from Enterprise Modelling, Ontology-based Integration of Enterprise Modelling and Architecture & Platforms, New architectures and platforms for interoperability and
· Spreading of excellence activities with three subareas: Training by e-learning, Dissemination and communication and Transfer of research to industry.