ESE Framework Verification by MBSE

Miri Sitton*, Yoram Reich

*Corresponding author for this work

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Enterprise system engineering (ESE) is a practice emerging in the last decades, aiming to support the enterprise systems engineers in generating and developing enterprise architecture and improving enterprise operational processes. However, ESE differs significantly from systems engineering (SE) due to the enterprise's unique property as a system of unsynchronized arrays of systems. This property might lead to severe issues, such as cross-enterprise failures, lack of decision-support information for cross-enterprise decisions, long delays in integration tests, and unexpected emergent behavior. Enterprise Processes Integrative Collaboration (EPIC) framework is an ESE framework, aims to address this property by generating better coordination between unsynchronized arrays of systems within the enterprise and even further across several enterprises. Previous research dealt with the validation of this framework by implementation in two large-scale enterprises from the aerospace and transportation disciplines. The objective of this study was to verify the EPIC framework completeness and integrity, as an example of ESE framework verification. A model-based SE methodology was used to encapsulate EPIC, defining the ESE activities, required resources, and products. This encapsulation allows tracing the engineering activities, verifying the model completeness, traceability, integrity, and interoperability of the ESE processes collaboration.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8570821
Pages (from-to)2108-2117
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Systems Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2019


  • Complex systems
  • enterprise systems engineering (ESE)
  • model-based system engineering (SE)
  • processes collaboration


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