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On Architecting and Implementing a Product Information Sharing Service

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Vijay Srinivasan

 IBM Corporation and Columbia University, New York, NY; University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NCvasan@us.ibm.com

Lutz Lämmer

 PROSTEP AG, Wolfsburg, Germanylutz.laemmer@prostep.com

Steven Vettermann

 ProSTEP iViP e.V., Darmstadt, Germanysteven.vettermann@prostep.com

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 8(1), 011006 (Feb 28, 2008) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2840775 History: Revised January 07, 2007; Received August 17, 2007; Published February 28, 2008

Recent developments in information technology are influencing the field of engineering informatics in some profound ways. Nowhere is the influence more evident than in the use of Internet-based technologies and standards to share engineering and business information across a worldwide enterprise. In turn, the business need for collaboration among various players and partners in a globally integrated enterprise is driving the development and deployment of open standards, service-oriented architecture, and middleware. The convergence of these developments has provided us an opportunity to architect and implement a product information sharing service described in this paper. The architecture is service oriented and is based on the Object Management Group's PLM Services 1.0 specifications. It is implemented using IBM’s WebSphere Process Server middleware and PROSTEP’s OpenPDM software. This product information sharing service is one of the first industrial examples of a successful application of service-oriented architecture to product lifecycle management.

Copyright © 2008 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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Data exchange versus data sharing in a banking example, after Ref. 4

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Layers of standards in a SOA

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IBM’s SOA reference model

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OMG PLM Services 1.0 is architected as a standard specification based on other standards

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A timeline of development of OMG PLM Services 1.0 and related standards

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Derivation and architecture of OMG PLM Services 1.0

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Excerpt of a UML model of an assembly structure

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Architecture of OpenPDM

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Data mediation that integrates a PDM system with business processes. GBO: Generic Business Object, and ASBO: Applications Specific Business Object



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