Authors: Stavros T. Ponis, Athanasios C. Spanos
Addresses: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Section of Industrial Management and Operational Research, 157 80 Zografos, Greece. ' Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Section of Industrial Management and Operational Research, 157 80 Zografos, Greece
Abstract: The Virtual Enterprises (VE) approach and a holistic view the supply chain come into play in the modern globalised competitive markets. A company is as reliable as the weakest link in its chain. An unhampered product and information flow and backtracking among the parties are required. The current wave of enterprise systems is unable to satisfy the above, raising the need for new system architectures and functionalities. The authors believe that the referred approach is the enhancement of the ERP functionality with web and middleware technologies, thus forming the ERP II. The ERP II, combined with SOA concepts, can thriftily realise the VE paradigm.
Keywords: virtual enterprise; ERP II; integration; supply chain management; SCM; enterprise resource planning; SOA; service oriented architecture.
International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies, 2009 Vol.2 No.3, pp.265 - 283
Received: 27 Sep 2007
Accepted: 07 Jul 2008
Published online: 06 Aug 2009 *