Virtual enterprises and federated information sharing
In general, a Virtual Enterprise (VE) is an interoperable network of pre-existing enterprises with a common goal, where the enterprises can function together as a single organization. With the objective of developing a reference architecture and a support infrastructure for VEs, the Esprit project PRODNET II (Production Planning and Management in an Extended Enterprise) is conceived. In the PRODNET architecture, the Distributed Information Management System (DIMS) component supports the VE information management requirements and provides a framework to exchange and cooperatively manage data between VE-member enterprises, while preserving the autonomy of individual enterprises. The DIMS design is based on an object-oriented federated/distributed information management architecture, specifically tailored for the VE paradigm. The focus of this paper is on describing the design of the federated architecture of the DIMS component.
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