EECOMS Supply Chain Project: Overview
EECOMS = Extended Enterprise Consortium for Integrated Collaborative Manufacturing Systems.
IBM-led consortium, 50%-funded by US government’s NIST Advanced Technology Program. $29M over 3 years, ends 2001.
Advanced supply chain management. Consortium includes manufacturing software vendors, rules and tool vendors, manufacturer customers.
Business Focus: improve “agility” of manufacturing. Respond to common but unpredictable events such as late delivery, plant line breakdown, larger than expected order. React quickly, including modify plans, schedules. Integrate: typically multi-application, very often multi-enterprise.
Technical Focus: rules and conflict handling; virtual situation room for human collaborative workflow; attendant tools, agents, and security issues.
Is follow-on to CIIMPLEX (IBM-led NIST ATP $22M) & challenges it identified. Shares: consortium, scenarios, agent-based approach.