Open Standard, Open Source and Peer to Peer Methods for Collaborative Product Development and Knowledge Management

Wai Ming Cheung, Hayder Aziz, James X. Gao, Paul Maropoulos

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Abstract

Tools such as product data management (PDM) and its offspring product lifecycle management (PLM) enable collaboration within and between enterprises. Large enterprises have invariably been the target of software vendors for development of such tools, resulting in large entralized applications. These are beyond the means of small to medium enterprises (SME). Even after these efforts had been made, large enterprises face numerous difficulties with PLM. Firstly, enterprises evolve, and an evolving enterprise needs an evolving data management system. With large applications, such configuration changes have to be made at the server level by dedicated staff. The second problem arises when enterprises wish to collaborate with a large number of suppliers and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers. Current applications enable collaboration using business-to-business (B2B) protocols. However, these do not take into account that disparate enterprises do not have unitary data models or workflows. This is a strong factor in reducing the abilities of large enterprises to participate in collaborative projects
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003
Event12th Symposium of Product Data Technology EUROPE - Manchester Conference Centre, UMIST, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Nov 20035 Nov 2003

Conference

Conference12th Symposium of Product Data Technology EUROPE
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period3/11/035/11/03

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