Building agility for developing agile design information systems

Yoram Reich, Suresh Konda, Eswaran Subrahmanian, Douglas Cunningham, Allen Dutoit, Robert Patrick, Mark Thomas, Arthur W. Westerberg

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Agile manufacturing relies heavily on the quality of information that organizations have and on their ability to organize and reuse it. Constant inflow of information and knowledge is the fuel of agile manufacturing. In the process of forming virtual enterprises, these new organizations have to be equipped with information systems that integrate their present legacy technology and improve upon it. To support the quick formation of virtual organizations, one must have the ability to develop such systems quickly. Over the past few years we have evolved, through collaborative projects with industry, an approach composed of methods and an information infrastructure called n-dim that improves the ability of becoming agile manufacturers of information systems, by responding quickly to information needs of new and evolving organizations. Following an analysis of the requirements of information systems for agile design, we discuss this approach; describe some of the infrastructure features; and present several examples of simple applications that illustrate them. We summarize by discussing the advantages and limitations of our approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-83
Number of pages17
JournalResearch in Engineering Design - Theory, Applications, and Concurrent Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999


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