IT Support for Release Management Processes in the Automotive Industry

  • Dominic Müller
  • Joachim Herbst
  • Markus Hammori
  • Manfred Reichert
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4102)


Car development is based on long running, concurrently executed and highly dependent processes. The coordination and synchronization of these processes has become a complex and error-prone task due to the increasing number of functions and embedded systems in modern cars. These systems realize advanced features by embedded software and enable the distribution of functionality as required, for example, by safety equipment. Different life cycle times of mechanical, software and hardware components as well as different duration of their development processes require efficient coordination. Furthermore, product-driven process structures, dynamic adaptation of these structures, and handling real-world exceptions result in challenging demands for any IT system. In this paper we elaborate fundamental requirements for the IT support of car development processes, taking release management as characteristic example. We show to which extent current product data and process management technology meets these requirements, and discuss which essential limitations still exist. This results in a number of fundamental challenges requiring new paradigms for the product-driven design, enactment and adaptation of processes.


Automotive Industry Process Structure Exception Handling Product Data Management Supplier Development 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Knippel, E., Schulz, A.: Lessons learned from implementing configuration management within E/E development of an automotive OEM. In: INCOSE 2004 (2004)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    DaimlerChrysler AG, Research and Technology: Hightech report 01/2002 (2002)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    VDI (Association of German Engineers): VDI 2006 - Design methodology for mechatronic systems (2004)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Rouibah, K., Caskey, K.: A workflow system for the management of inter-company collaborative engineering process. Engineering Design 14(3), 273–293 (2003)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Wehlitz, P.: Nutzenorientierte Einführung eines Produktdatenmanagement-Systems. PhD thesis, TU Munich (2000)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Heinisch, C., Feil, V., Simons, M.: Efficient configuration management of automotive software. In: ERTS 2004 (2004)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Crnkovic, I., Asklund, U., Dahlqvist, A.P.: Implementing and Integrating Product Data Management and Software Configuration Management. Artech House Publishers (2003) ISBN 1-58053-498-8Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Leymann, F., Roller, D.: Production Workflow: Concepts and Techniques. Prentice-Hall PTR, Englewood Cliffs (2000)MATHGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Müller, D., Reichert, M., Herbst, J.: Flexibility of data-driven process structures. In: DPM 2006 (2006)Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Aalst, W., Weske, M., Grünbauer, D.: Case handling: A new paradigm for business process support. DKE 53(2), 129–162 (2005)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Aalst, W., Berens, P.J.S.: Beyond workflow management: Product-driven case handling. In: GROUP 2001, pp. 42–51 (2001)Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Reijers, H., Limam, S., Aalst, W.: Product-based workflow design. Management Information Systems 20(1), 229–262 (2003)Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Reichert, M., Dadam, P.: ADEPTflex: Supporting dynamic changes of workflow without loosing control. JIIS 10(2), 93–129 (1998)Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Jäger, D., Schleicher, A., Westfechtel, B.: AHEAD: A Graph-Based System for Modeling and Managing Development Processes. In: Münch, M., Nagl, M. (eds.) AGTIVE 1999. LNCS, vol. 1779, pp. 325–339. Springer, Heidelberg (2000)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Goltz, M., Schmitt, R.: Simnet - workflow management for simultaneous engineering networks. IMV Institutsmitteilung 23, 97–100 (1998)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dominic Müller
    • 1
    • 2
  • Joachim Herbst
    • 1
  • Markus Hammori
    • 1
  • Manfred Reichert
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. REI/ID, DaimlerChrysler AG Research and TechnologyGermany
  2. 2.Information Systems GroupUniversity of TwenteThe Netherlands

Personalised recommendations