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Cals And EDI:Twin Gateways To Agile Manufacturing And The Virtual Enterprise

  • ID: 34159
  • Report
  • January 2002
  • Region: Global
  • 200 pages
  • Wintergreen Research, Inc
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As computing interoperability takes hold, companies need a way to pass data seamlessly between different software applications. Cals represents that way. EDI, electronic information exchange between organizations is based on Cals. Cals improves efficiency by providing tools that support competitive advantage. Cals, EDI, VAN, and Internet markets are forecast.

EDI represents an industry segment positioned to provide effective generation, exchange, management, and use of digital data. The EDI industry supports product life cycles and electronic exchange of currency. Business process changes and advanced technology applications are
creating the need for new EDI and Cals based services. The integration of computing systems has resulted in the evolution of the virtual corporation that supports direct communication with suppliers, sales personnel, distributors, dealers, strategic allies, and users.

Enterprise integration is supported by Cals standardized business communication and functions within the context of EDI information technology.

EDI implantation requires that organizations review and understand their infrastructure, learn to manage and use digital data and undertake whatever business process improvement is required.

This report reviews and summarizes the importance of standards such as Sgml (Standard Generalized Markup Language) and the Standard for the Exchange of Product model data (Step), and the Standards for Cals. The impact of concurrent engineering (CE) and Business Process Reengineering (BPR) are reviewed. The impact of the movement to EDI as it relates to electronic commerce on the Internet is discussed. In addition, examples of implementation of Cals technologies and approaches are described.

This report illustrates how EDI can be implemented to deliver new products to the market by reducing the development cycle time. The importance of using multi-disciplinary design teams, the need to resolve budget issues, and the application of automated tools are described.

Management requires a clear understanding of the state of enterprise integration tools and technologies supporting Cals, business practices, and standards for virtual enterprises to be successful in the era of electronic commerce.

Cals security is also an important issue, and is addressed in a brief description of the need for security risk assessment and the key technologies available to provide security in the Cals environment. Among techniques discussed are encryption, firewalls, trusted databases and operating systems.

This report addresses the following questions:

- How does Cals strategy work within organizations?
- What are major implications for acquisition, design, manufacturing, administration?
- How will EDI systems impact commercial endeavors?
- What EDI technology and corporate infrastructure implications exist?
- What is the impact and import of Cals?
- How is EDI essential to those participating in the electronic commerce arena?

Key findings of this report include:

- EDI based products will be used to establish integrated data environments
- EDI supports inter- industry collaboration
- Cals integrated data base design supports product design, development, manufacturing, distribution, and servicing
- EDI lowers product costs and shortens process cycle times
- Cals supports the virtual corporation
- Cals is accepted as the leading edge technology for global enterprise integration
- Electronic commerce depends on generating, modifying, and saving data across operating system and different computer hardware platforms
- Electronic commerce depends on generating, modifying, and saving data through the life cycle of a manufactured product or service offering
- EDI supports strategic alliances

Following is a list of the companies profiled in this report:

- American Software
- Apple
- AT&T
- Autodesk
- Bell South Business Systems
- Caci International
- CDS Inc.
- CGI Information
- Covia Technology
- Delphi Packard Electric Systems
- Digital Equipment
- Dun and Bradstreet
- General Motors
- GenRad
- Hughes Aircraft Company
- IBM
- Knowledge Based Systems, Inc.
- Litton Data Systems
- Lockheed Martin Energy Systems
- Loral Space and Range/ Defense
- Marcam
- McDonnell Douglas
- McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company
- Microsoft
- Novell
- Oracle
- SAP AG
- Siemens Nixdorf
- Sirius Systems Corporation
- St Paul Software
- Step Tools, Inc.
- Sterling Software
- STI Manufacturing Group
- Supply Tech, Inc.
- TSI International
- XChange Software

This report consists of over 200 pages and includes 65 tables and figures.
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