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manufacturing enterprise modeling management system (MEMMS) would manage the reconfiguration of databases and existing models to account for these specific needs (Table C.1).

Infrastructure

A MEMMS would require a complete, modern digital communications system, most likely including a wide area network, a local area network with the necessary bandwidth, network management software, network servers, and individual man-machine interfaces; also included would be bridges into databases external to the enterprise. The enterprise would require a standard language and dynamic data dictionary, a distributed database management system, and digitally accessible archival systems. Models of different aspects of the business would have to be stable enough to allow the enterprise itself to evolve.

Objectives of the Demonstration

To show that a MEMMS would provide direct, tangible, bottom-line benefits to the enterprise in flexibility, response time, and the complexity of problems that can be tackled. Problems could be addressed quickly and efficiently when an organization had completed the up-front work of standards, common language, data elements definition, database design, and modernization of the archival knowledge bases.

To show that an appropriate methodology for model construction within an enterprise involving techniques of modular design, scaling, enterprise model hierarchy, and modeling software architecture would allow individual models and databases to be reconfigurable and reusable for new problems.

To show that a MEMMS is possible that would enable employees in all functions within an enterprise to manage reconfiguration of a set of models for meaningful analysis and solution of problems facing manufacturing enterprises today. A corollary is that a software interface for a MEMMS is possible that does not require highly specialized training in its operation.

Significance

The MEMMS would provide a common language and analysis tools that would accelerate decision making but provide all players with access to the best and most current data and tools. Organizations would thus be able to focus more on the enterprise problems and less on the task of building new models. The interdependence of disparate business functions within the organization would become clear, and integration of all activities would accelerate. These changes would allow organizations to become more focused, flexible, and responsive to the marketplace.



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