NEXT: Generating Tailored ERP Applications from Ontological Enterprise Models: Generating tailored ERP applications from ontological enterprise models

Henk Van Der Schuur*, Erik Van De Ven, Rolf De Jong, Dennis Schunselaar, Hajo A. Reijers, Michiel Overeem, Machiel De Graaf, Slinger Jansen, Sjaak Brinkkemper

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Abstract

Tailoring Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to the needs of the enterprise still is a technical endeavor, often requiring the (de)activation of modules, modification of configuration files or even execution of database queries. Considering the large body of work on Enterprise Modeling and Model-Driven Software Engineering, this is remarkable: Ideally, one models one’s own enterprise and, at the press of a button, ERP software tailored to the needs of the modeled enterprise is generated. In this paper, we introduce NEXT, a novel model-driven software generation approach being developed with precisely this goal in mind. It uses the expressive power of ontological enterprise models (OEMs) to generate ERP cloud applications. An OEM only describes the real-world phenomena essential to the enterprise, using terms and customizations specific to the enterprise. We present our considerations during development of the OEM modeling language, which is designed to capture the specifics of enterprise phenomena in a way that technical details can be derived from it. We expect NEXT to drastically shorten the time-to-market of ERP software, from months–years to hours–days.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Practice of Enterprise Modeling - 10th IFIP WG 8.1. Working Conference, PoEM 2017, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer/Verlag
Pages283-298
Number of pages16
Volume305
ISBN (Electronic)9783319702414
ISBN (Print)9783319702407
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event10th IFIP WG 8.1 Working Conference on the Practice of Enterprise Modelling, PoEM 2017 - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 22 Nov 201724 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume305
ISSN (Print)1865-1348

Conference

Conference10th IFIP WG 8.1 Working Conference on the Practice of Enterprise Modelling, PoEM 2017
CountryBelgium
CityLeuven
Period22/11/1724/11/17

Keywords

  • Enterprise resource planning
  • Model-driven software development
  • Ontological enterprise modeling
  • Software generation

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