Information Systems Development and Applications
This monograph is the collection of the selected papers from Gdańsk EuroSymposium 2015 on SAND – Systems Analysis and Design. SAND is the classical field of research and education in the area of management information systems (MIS) or, as it is called more frequently in Europe – Business Informatics, almost from its origins. The objective of the EuroSymposium on Systems Analysis and Design is to promote and develop high quality research on all issues related to SAND. It provides a forum forSANDresearchers and practitioners in Europe and beyond to interact, collaborate, and develop their field. Therefore, there were three organizers of the 8th EuroSymposium on Systems Analysis and Design: – SIGSAND – Special Interest Group on Systems Analysis and Design of AIS, – PLAIS – Polish Chapter of AIS, – Department of Business Informatics of University of Gdansk, Poland.
The paper presents an ontological modelling tool that may serve as a visual editor for the DEMO methodology and simulator of business-processes. The main goal of the study is to develop an instrumental tool that would enable business analysts to describe business processes at ontological level and analyse their performance. In the paper all stages of development process are presented: from building a DEMO meta-model to its transformation into the Petri Net and simulation. The study is an attempt to fill the gap in conditions of the present deficiency of visual editors for DEMO with simulation capacities.
Concepts of the theory of algorithmic languages and methods of broadcasting and also processing of data and their organization are considered. Statement of material is followed by practical examples. The grant is intended for students of the higher educational institutions studying in the Applied Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and Informatics directions. Contains the subjects studied in disciplines "The theory of computing processes and structures", "The theory of algorithmic languages", "Mathematical fundamentals of informatics". It can be used as lecture material, on a practical training, when performing course and theses and also as means of self-education
Process models and graphs are commonly used for modeling and visualization of processes. They may represent sets of objects or events linked with each other in some way. Wide use of models in such languages engenders necessity of tools for creating and editing them. This paper describes the model editor which allows for dealing with classical graphs, Petri nets, finite-state machines and their systems. Additionally, the tool has a list of features like simulation of Petri nets, import and export of models in different storage formats. Carassius is a modular tool which can be extended with, for example, new formalisms. In the paper one can find a detailed description of a couple of layout algorithms that can be used for visualizing Petri nets and graphs. Carassius might be useful for educational and research purposes because of its simplicity, range of features and variety of supported notations.
In modern world enterprises need to be agile in their operation and structure to react to changes quickly. One of the open questions here is how to develop the enterprise, or, to be more precise, if enterprise needs to be developed, and if yes, in which way. In this research we are focusing on the case when enterprise stakeholders understand the need of enterprise development, have ideas for that, and they need decision support method to understand if enterprise restructuring is likely to be successful and cost effective. Another covered topic is how to choose the best option for restructuring from variety provided. In this paper we describe the developed decision support method which combines DEMO methodology and transaction costs theory for quantitative costs estimation. To make this method applicable and reproducible we proposed few enhancements to DEMO notation.
This book constitutes the proceedings of the 7th Enterprise Engineering Working Conference, EEWC 2017, held in Antwerp, Belgium, in May 2017. EEWC aims at addressing the challenges that modern and complex enterprises are facing in a rapidly changing world. The participants of the working conference share a belief that dealing with these challenges requires rigorous and scientific solutions, focusing on the design and engineering of enterprises. The goal of EEWC is to stimulate interaction between the different stakeholders, scientists as well as practitioners, interested in making Enterprise Engineering a reality. The 12 full papers and 4 short papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 40 submissions. They were organized in topical sections named: formalisms; standards and laws; business processes; normalized systems and evolvability; ontologies; and organization design.
The importance of strategic management today is unquestionable. However, when strategizing the organization is often regarded as a single whole, differences in aims and areas of operation of its parts not being considered. This approach works for many organizations, but in the case of a distributed structure its parts may function in the markets which have different requirements, competition intensity and qualification of consumers. Besides, the departments of that organization may have different levels of development. In our present work we do not consider the whole range of distributed organizations, but concentrate on universities, as they have common characteristics with commercial organizations and, at the same time, are very specific in their rules and areas of development. We focus on developing a new modeling method for decision support while designing a balanced hierarchical strategy for distributed universities. This implies beginning from the strategy for the whole organization and moving on to development of individual strategies for its departments. Thus, the proposed method contains two parts: a sub-method to develop departmental strategies and a sub-method to calculate interaction among departments.
This article describes the proposed structure and semantics of the model which can be used in the both of sub-methods.
The article considers the issues of technical product life cycle management in the field of spare parts delivery organization and management within the framework of after-sales service. It provides an examination of a Petri net model, describing the cause-effect relations between events that are linked to delivery planning and management, based on a probabilistic analytical model for after-sales service of technical products and a program-based risk analysis system based on technical and economic criteria. The result of a given model’s performance is planning of an acceptable balance between the cost and quality of products and their current maintenance, which includes detection and minimization of financial risks. An example that illustrates automated planning of spare parts delivery is given. Dynamics of operated technical products’ quantity variation is represented in the integrated graphic type, providing an opportunity to predict an average factor of technical product’s serviceability, determined both by a number of serviceable technical products in a warehouse of the customer and productivity of repair agencies. The earned value method application is proved to be an effective tool for risk analysis of schedule variance in the field of spare parts delivery. Monitoring of the earned value of finances permits to forecast not only the probability of successful completion of spare parts delivery, but also the risks of both cost and schedule variance. An example of automated risk analysis is provided. Estimated coincidence degree of actual cost and planned value is calculated by means of the effectiveness index, which is used to analyze the quality of customer’s subdivisions performance and to correct further functioning. For a selected year, the effectiveness index can be defined and optimized for the predetermined serviceability factor, assigned for every customer during the process of automated planning of spare parts delivery. The approach presented in the article can be considered quite universal, which predetermines an opportunity to apply it in order to provide solutions for product and service life cycle management problems in various organizational technical and economic systems.
Inconsistency of business processes can affect company profits and lead to the loss of regular customers and reputation in the market. Well managed business process has one key distinctive feature – a consistency. Checking the consistency of business process helps to reveal hidden bugs in the process model, but requires considerable labor costs and analytics. We compared two approaches to verifying consistency. The first approach is based on generating object life cycles for each object type used in process and supported by special tool as an extension for IBM WebSphere Business Modeler. Another one is a proposition to use DEMO methodology for verifying consistency. The results of research show that DEMO methodology enables significantly reduce labor costs and improve quality of analyze
While knowledge of competence is of particular value to the enterprise, and notion of competence is being actively used in enterprise engineering field of research, there is a lack of practical usage of competences while restructuring enterprises. This paper presents a modelling framework for competencebased enterprise restructuring using ontologies, which is based on DEMO’s ATD and helps to combine competence requirements on ontological level, competence requirements on implementation level and existing individual competences on implementation level. The number of open questions for future research is being provided. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.
A model for organizing cargo transportation between two node stations connected by a railway line which contains a certain number of intermediate stations is considered. The movement of cargo is in one direction. Such a situation may occur, for example, if one of the node stations is located in a region which produce raw material for manufacturing industry located in another region, and there is another node station. The organization of freight traﬃc is performed by means of a number of technologies. These technologies determine the rules for taking on cargo at the initial node station, the rules of interaction between neighboring stations, as well as the rule of distribution of cargo to the ﬁnal node stations. The process of cargo transportation is followed by the set rule of control. For such a model, one must determine possible modes of cargo transportation and describe their properties. This model is described by a ﬁnite-dimensional system of diﬀerential equations with nonlocal linear restrictions. The class of the solution satisfying nonlocal linear restrictions is extremely narrow. It results in the need for the “correct” extension of solutions of a system of diﬀerential equations to a class of quasi-solutions having the distinctive feature of gaps in a countable number of points. It was possible numerically using the Runge–Kutta method of the fourth order to build these quasi-solutions and determine their rate of growth. Let us note that in the technical plan the main complexity consisted in obtaining quasi-solutions satisfying the nonlocal linear restrictions. Furthermore, we investigated the dependence of quasi-solutions and, in particular, sizes of gaps (jumps) of solutions on a number of parameters of the model characterizing a rule of control, technologies for transportation of cargo and intensity of giving of cargo on a node station.
Event logs collected by modern information and technical systems usually contain enough data for automated process models discovery. A variety of algorithms was developed for process models discovery, conformance checking, log to model alignment, comparison of process models, etc., nevertheless a quick analysis of ad-hoc selected parts of a journal still have not get a full-fledged implementation. This paper describes an ROLAP-based method of multidimensional event logs storage for process mining. The result of the analysis of the journal is visualized as directed graph representing the union of all possible event sequences, ranked by their occurrence probability. Our implementation allows the analyst to discover process models for sublogs defined by ad-hoc selection of criteria and value of occurrence probability
The geographic information system (GIS) is based on the first and only Russian Imperial Census of 1897 and the First All-Union Census of the Soviet Union of 1926. The GIS features vector data (shapefiles) of allprovinces of the two states. For the 1897 census, there is information about linguistic, religious, and social estate groups. The part based on the 1926 census features nationality. Both shapefiles include information on gender, rural and urban population. The GIS allows for producing any necessary maps for individual studies of the period which require the administrative boundaries and demographic information.
Existing approaches suggest that IT strategy should be a reflection of business strategy. However, actually organisations do not often follow business strategy even if it is formally declared. In these conditions, IT strategy can be viewed not as a plan, but as an organisational shared view on the role of information systems. This approach generally reflects only a top-down perspective of IT strategy. So, it can be supplemented by a strategic behaviour pattern (i.e., more or less standard response to a changes that is formed as result of previous experience) to implement bottom-up approach. Two components that can help to establish effective reaction regarding new initiatives in IT are proposed here: model of IT-related decision making, and efficiency measurement metric to estimate maturity of business processes and appropriate IT. Usage of proposed tools is demonstrated in practical cases.
The Working Paper examines the peculiarities of the Russian model of corporate governance and control in the banking sector. The study relies upon theoretical as well as applied research of corporate governance in Russian commercial banks featuring different forms of ownership. We focus on real interests of all stakeholders, namely bank and stock market regulators, bank owners, investors, top managers and other insiders. The Anglo-American concept of corporate governance, based on agency theory and implying outside investors’ control over banks through stock market, is found to bear limited relevance. We suggest some ways of overcoming the gap between formal institutions of governance and the real life.
At present many industries reveal tendency for setting up of vertically integrated companies (VIC) the structure of which unites all technological processes. This tendency proved its efficiency in oil industry where coordination of all successive stages of technological process, namely, oil prospecting and production -oil transportation - oil processing - oil chemistry - oil products and oil chemicals marketing, is necessary. The article considers specific features of introduction of "personnel management" module at enterprises of oil and gas industry.
vertically integrated companies; personnel management