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From patrick.schouller@inria.fr Thu Jan 28 19:04 MET 1999
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From: Patrick Schouller 
Subject: Partenaire norvegien recherche partenaires francais sur le
	=?iso-8859-1?Q?thème?= Active Knowledge Model for Extended
	Enterprise Engineering


We are seeking partners for a new IST project and ask for your help to
find someone in France who could be interested.  Please see below and
thank you for your help!  (and please keep me on your mailing list.)

This is a call for partners to join a consortium to develop a project
proposal for EU's 5th Framework Programme within Information and Society
Technologies (IST).  The existing partners in the cosortium have
prepared the enclosed project summary, describing the main ideas of the
project and identifying the partners and our expectations to new

Please let us know if you like our ideas and are interested in joining
the consortium.

Please contact

Leif Buene, Dr.Philos.
Head of Department for Strategic Research
Det Norske Veritas
N-1322 Høvik, Norway
Phone:	+47 67 57 7569
Fax	+47 67 57 7520

Project Summary:
AKME3 - Active Knowledge Model for Extended Enterprise Engineering
The vision of the AKME3 project is effective and flexible operation of
extended enterprises.
 An Extended Enterprise (EE) consists of a dynamic Enterprise Network (EN)
of participating real enterprises and a number of Virtual Enterprises (VE)
operated by real people and resources of the EN partners. The EE is
integrated by means of a dynamically evolving enterprise model, the Active
Knowledge Model (AKM) of the EE.  The AKM of an EE describes the relevant
aspects, views, methods and rules to facilitate knowledge-driven, adaptive
collaboration among the partners. Using an AKM to implement the EE yields
flexible and agile operations incorporating and adapting changes.
The goal of the project is to fulfil the vision by supporting intelligent
process enactment with embedded knowledge management: creating, sharing,
harvesting, and reactivating process knowledge.  This will include further
development of knowledge, methods and tools for enterprise modeling,
analysis, engineering and operation of the extended enterprise. Using AKME3
results companies can extend their operations to include task sharing (value
chain integration) with other companies, and thus engineer extended
enterprises. The enterprise network will allow: (1) rapid tuning and
deployment of extended enterprises, (2) efficient operation of virtual
enterprises and new ways of working, (3) in the field extension of the
infrastructure and the EN components, and (4) the building up of a
repertoire of organizational behaviours in which knowledge elements can be
situated and reactivated for future use. Support for life-cycle management
including means for organizational learning will be provided.
This will enable the extended enterprise of the future to operate effectively.
The specific objectives of the project are to:
 Develop methodologies for building and reusing (i.e. reactivating) EE
knowledge elements.
 Develop and extend knowledge and tools to apply the EEE methodology in
industrial projects, i.e. providing the enterprise network components and
the infrastructure for the extended enterprise. The network and
infrastructure services and tools need to support:
 Storage and management of EE model fragments (partial enterprise models)
and knowledge elements as a prerequisite for re-composition, re-use and
 An integration model for combining, tailoring and re-using process models
(which is also supported by the tools and services provided by the network
and infrastructure).
 Process learning at the enterprise and work group level, through active
use of models for capturing, storing and re-activating process knowledge.
 Validate the EEE methodology and the EN by application to real life
business cases (use cases).
 Provide concrete applications scenarios(use cases) and plans for
dissemination and exploitation.
In the project the following approach is taken:
 In WP 1 the extended enterprise engineering (EEE) model is developed. It
consists of developing the EEE reference model (i.e. the main activities and
dependencies of EEE), the EE modelling languages, the EE model behavior, and
the EE integration model. Based on these results, tools for creating and
operating an EE can be designed.
 In WP 2 the Enterprise Network needed to run an EE based on a shared EE
model is defined, implemented and deployed. An Enterprise Network has layers
of knowledge representing IT infrastructures, networking architectures and
extended enterprise architectures (structures and flows). Here, an open
systems approach is taken.
 In WP 3 the EEE tools and services are developed. In our EEE model five
basic tasks of EE modeling are distinguished: Process Logic Definition,
Activity Engineering, Task Management, Task Enactment, and Process Knowledge
Management. Each of these tasks requires specific services (e.g. object
types, operations and user-interfaces). Since real EEE proceeds in different
ways, tools and services will be bundled in so-called worktops. Each worktop
provides the tools and services needed to fulfill a step in the EEE process.
Furthermore, there is a need for an integrated EEE environment, which
integrates the different worktops and maintains overall consistency
constraints. It is this integrated EEE environment, which defines the
interfaces between the tools, worktops, and services, and which also
provides global services (e.g. shared access to the EE model, global
communication and collaboration services). Combining all the services will
lead to an active knowledge model of the EE, which consists of process
knowledge (how to do the job as well as how to manage the EE) as well as
descriptions of available resources. Each worktop provides shared
task-specific views on the EE model, which can be used in parallel.
 In WP 4 and 5 the use cases are handled. Requirements from real business
processes are collected, the Enterprise Network is deployed, and the
integrated EEE environment is deployed and tailored to the end users needs.
The EEE environment is used to implement and operate virtual enterprises,
supported by knowledge re-activation and facilitating organizational
learning. An evaluation is done, and EE knowledge is collected for analysis
and later re-use in a repository of fragmented models and elements.  DNV
will provide a use case on knowledge management related to project proposing
and managing projects for supporting their consulting services.
 In WP 6 all project management tasks are bundled. We will use our own
project as an example of an evolving EE, thus serving as a 3rd use case. The
project EE will provide management, communication and co-ordination services
and tools.
 In WP 7 planning of further exploitation (e.g. market analysis, product
definition, business plans) as well as dissemination of results (e.g. by
developing training and learning services/material as well as commercial and
scientific communication) are performed.
Funding program and duration:
 Research project funded by CEC 5th Framework IST program, covering several
 Duration: 3 years (2+1?), kick-off Autumn 1999.
Current partners:
 Det Norske Veritas; Høvik, Norway (end user)
 GMD, Darmstadt, Germany (research institution)
 NCR Metis, Horten, Norway (tool developer)
 Sintef, Oslo, Norway (research institution)
Expectations to new partners:
1. Play one or more of  the following roles:
 End user and solution provider role: provide another use case,
 Tool developer and services provider role: provide relevant experience,
e.g. in the form of tools, methods and models, and solutions deployment.
 Evaluator or consultant role: assist in the application and evaluation of
our solution within a partner playing a user role.
2. Be from an EU country (best if not based in Germany or Norway).
3. Have some maturity in enterprise and  process modeling.
4. Be prepared to share knowledge and work on the Internet.
5. Have an IT infrastructure based on the Internet and be able/willing to
conform to standards as a basis for integrating different IT sub systems.
                        Patrick SCHOULLER
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