Converge - “Collaborative Communication Driven Decision Management in Non-hierarchical Supply Chains of the Electronic Industry”

This project was financed by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union.

The framework ensures that local and distributed decisions made by managers along the supply chain are achieved on the basis of all relevant and up-to-date pieces of information coming from other partners in the network.

The overall objective of the project was to develop a collaboration framework on strategic and tactical management level, in the Open Decision Framework (ODM), consisting of models, methods and tools solving coordination problems of non-hierarchical, decentralized networks. The framework ensures that local and distributed decisions made by the managers all along supply chains are achieved based on relevant and up-to-date-information from other partners in the network.

The CONVERGE Open Decision Framework consists of: a Reference Model for collaboration in non-hierarchical networks, on management level. A Deployment Process to apply the reference model at different usage levels (generic processes for all industry sectors, processes for the electronic industry, for particular networks and for particular companies) A Prototype based on existing IT-Tools extended and adapted to the new reference model enabling the new collaboration concept inside and between companies and connecting heterogeneous software systems

The duration of the project is 30 months.

Key project partner was CAS Software Ag. – Project coordinator

The total project funding was over 1,8 million EUR.

Main project task of the Department of Software Engineering:

  • Detailing the reference software architecture of the project