Strategic Workshop on
Enterprise Integration and Enterprise Computing

(Systems and Software Engineering Standards
in the Context of Enterprise Integration)

19-20 November 1998, Sanctuary Cove
(Brisbane's Gold Coast, Queensland Australia)

Organised in conjunction with the Joint ISO TC184/SC5/WG1 - IFIP/IFAC Enterprise Integration Task Force meeting (16-18 November, 1998)





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1. Fax your reservation
2. Email to the organisers
3. Send a position statement


The aim of this strategic workshop is to bring together a number of groups who are developing, or have developed, standards in the area of life cycle architectures. In particular the following groups will be involved

The groups will present their respective results at the workshop and working parties will be formed to formulate future courses of action with the aim of harmonising development in the individual areas.

It is expected that this workshop will be part of a process bringing about a better mutual understanding of the contributions and roles of each of these communities, thus helping to identify a standards development roadmap and better standards for industry in all areas of engineering endeavor.

We would like to find a category for the architectures of the attending groups. After familiarization presentation, develop suggestions to harmonise our standardization efforts in areas that have mutual applicability.

The matter has an urgency about it because these communities are presently pursuing the development of related standards and the cross references between them are not as strong as they could be. With the fast development in enterprise integration and computing both the developers and the end user community urgently need such standards which provide systematisation of systems- and software engineering standards in the context of enterprise architecture.

Further background information on this workshop can be found at the end of this document.


The workshop will be held in an ideal working environment, at Sanctuary Cove, near Brisbane's Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia. The venue is 40 minutes drive both from Brisbane's international airport and from the CBD.

The format of the workshop includes a few key presentations, group work and discussion, and presentations of results of the represented groups. The reports of the working parties will be made available on the Web, for future reference.

All participants are encouraged to submit a 2-3 page position statement by 5 November. These statements will be made available both on the Web and in printed format at the workshop. Please send you position statement electronically to either as a Word document or as a html document.

The number of participants is limited to approximately 25, to allow efficient working in small groups.



Wednesday, 18 November

1915 Official opening
2000 Dinner

Thursday, 19 November

AM: Individual group familiarization presentations

8:45 Opening, Introductions, objectives, method of seminar operation
0900 ISO/IEC JTC1 SC7 WG10 Software Life Cycle and Life Cycle Management - Terry Rout
0945 ISO/IEC JTC1 SC33 Enterprise Viewpoint and ODP Reference Architecture - Kerry Raymond
1030 IFIP-IFAC Task Force on EI: GERAM (ISO WD15704) - Peter Bernus
1115 ISO TC184 SC5 WG1 and Standards Roadmap - Jim Nell
1200 Discussion

1245 Lunch

1415- 18:00 Discussion to define harmonisation needs and proposals to improve interactions amond standards groups
1800- free

Friday, 20 November

0930 - 16:00 Discussion and preparation of individual reports
1630 - 1800 Task Force / ISO TC184 meeting to draw conslusions for further work

Saturday, 21 November

Delegates depart


Jim Nell

Peter Bernus

Jim Welsh

Yoshihiro Fukuda

David Shorter

Marilyn Cross / Terry Webb

Ted Williams

Neil Christopher


From left to right: Ted Williams, Jim Nevins, Yoshihiro Fukuda, Jim Nell, Jean-Jaques Michel, Valika Bernus, Peter Bernus, Kerry Raymond, Greg Uppington, Neil Christopher, Terry Rout, Jim Welsh, David Shorter; missing from the picture: Andy Wood

See also Minutes of the Task Force meeting after the workshop.


Workshop Chair:

Peter Bernus, chair IFIP-IFAC Task Force, Griffith University, Australia

Workshop Co-chairs:

Terry Rout, ISO/IEC JTC1 SC7 - ISO TC184/SC5 Liaison, Griffith University, Australia

Jim Nell, convener ISO TC184/SGC5/WG1, NIST, USA

Kerry Raymond, ISO/IEC JTC1 SC33, DSTC, Australia

(this just about says it why we organise the workshop in the land of OZ)


The IFIP/IFAC Task Force on EI and TC184/SC5/WG1 hold their joint meeting 16-18 November at the same venue. Strategic Workshop guests are cordially invited to join the group as observers. The topic of the pre-workshop meeting is the GERAM Requirements standard and other related topics on enterprise modelling. See for details the ISO working group siteTC184/SC5/WG1 ( )


Several interest groups around the world address overlapping problems of enterprise integration and each of these has something significant to contribute to the advancement of the capabilities of industrial enterprise, service, government etc.

The IFIP-IFAC Task Force developed GERAM, the Generalised Enterprise Reference Architecture and Methodology which has been widely recognised as defining the scope of enterprise integration and identifying a framework for the components necessary in such endeavor. Practical applications in various industries range from manufacturing companies to virtual transport enterprise design, repetitive manufacturing, and large engineering project enterprise, engineering firms, etc. With background originally in computer-integrated manufacturing, this community developed reference architectures, modelling languages, and methodologies which cover a substantial part of the enterprise life-cycle (e.g. CIMOSA, PERA, GRAI-GIM). A significant element of these architectures is that they extend to both the enterprise's information system and mission delivery technologies, as well as to the design of the human organization. GERAM is a generalisation of such life-cycle architectures, and covers the life-cycles of any complex entity, including various types of enterprises and products, be these manufactured products or services provided to a customer. This work is now pursued on the standards level in ISO TC184/SC5/WG1, and has obvious connections with product life-cycle and product model standards as well (ISO TC184/SC4).

The Distributed Processing / ODP community has developed Enterprise Information System Reference Models, such as OMA which can be the basis of systems of products for enterprise-wide computing. This community has teamed with traditional application- and database developers to develop richer languages for modelling enterprise information systems. Since the development of information systems and of complex software systems is embedded in the enterprise, there is an obvious connection between the life-cycles and models of these systems and enterprise life-cycles and -models.

The Software Engineering Community developed methods and models that address the practical assessment of the need and direction of change of Software Engineering Enterprise, and based on these models (such as SPICE) is able to advance the competitivity of the Software Engineering Enterprise, both through models of improved software engineering processes and improved career and development designs for software engineers. One particular process in this area pursued by ISO/IEC JTC1 SC7 (Software Engineering )WG7 on Life Cycle Management for complex engineering systems.

In the meantime, the EI community (such as the EI Task Force), the Information Systems community, and the Business Management Community -- partially independently -- advanced the state of the art of organisational analysis and design, through co-ordination science, decisional analysis and other methods.

IFIP TC5, as proposed by the undersigned, also decided to explore the possibility of forming a Task Force to cross fertilise those areas which are concerned with various facets of enterprise integration, including IFIP WG5.12 (Enterprise Integration) and IFIP TC8 (Information Systems), and Human Computer Interaction.

These endeavors are not independent, and cohesion between them is highly desirable both for the researchers and the end user community. At the Boulder, Colorado joint meeting of the EI Task Force and of TC184/SC5/WG1 I proposed to hold such a workshop in Brisbane at the end of November 1998. It is my hope that the result will allow the involved groups remove fears of competition and replace it with co-operation, starting a new understanding of how the various technology-based disciplines, their methods and standards can be empowered by being harmonised in an enterprise framework.

It is extremely important that participants of this workshop must resist any temptation of trying to overpower one another; the only hope to succeed is to consider the problem at hand as a dual technical- and political one, to which only win-win solutions are acceptable.

I believe that the workshop will bring a fresh view and an air of co-operation between these communities to the benefit of the end user community as well as to that of the participants.

Peter Bernus
Chair, IFIP-IFAC Task Force on
Enterprise Integration


IFIP/IFAC Task Force on Enterprise Integration
International Standards Organisation, ISO TC184/SC5/WG1
International Standards Organisation, ISO/IEC JTC1 SC7
Enterprise Integration Group (Griffith U)
Software Quality Institute (Griffith U)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, USA)
Sotware Verification Research Centre (U of Queensland)
DSTC Distributed Systems Technology Centre (U of Queensland)
Griffith University Faculty of Information and Communication Technology
CSIRO Division of Manufacturing Science and Technology
Standards Australia
Boeing Australia


Date / time:

Joint TC184/SC5/WG1 - IFIP/IFAC Enterprise Integration Task Force meeting:

16-18 November, 1998 (start 9am 16 November, close 16:00 pm 19 November)

Strategic Workshop on Enterprise Integration and Enterprise Computing

19-20 November 1998 (start: 8:45 am 19 November 1998, close: 17:00 pm 20 November, 1998)


Hyatt Sanctuary Cove,
Manor Circle, Casey Road,
Sanctuary Cove, Hope Island
(Brisbane) Queensland 4212 Australia

Contact numbers: Telephone: +61 7 5530 1234
Reservations Fax: +61 7 5530 1119
Guest Fax: +61 7 5577 8234 if you need to be contacted while there

How to get there:

By air to Brisbane International Airport.
From the airport by taxi, rental car, or limousine to Sanctuary Cove (approx 40 minutes). You may request the hotel to pick you up from the airport, which costs 105$AUD.
(Note that Hope Island is separated from the mainland by a channel and there is a bridge)
Everything in Sanctuary Cove is in walking distance from the hotel. Taxi to the Gold Coast costs approximately 25$AUD one way.

A map with driving instructions will be provided here soon.

Registration fee:

As earlier announced there will be a 115AUD registration fee for the Strategic Workshop. For simplicity this will be billed to your room and a separate receipt will be issued.

There is no registration fee for the joint TC184SC5 WG1 / Task Force meeting.


1. Send a fax

Hyatt Sanctuary Cove Reservations at +61 7 5530 1119 mentioning the event "Strategic Workshop on Enterprise Integration" Please include with your reservation:

We negotiated a rate of 160AUD per room per night. All rooms have two queen size beds.

Deadline for reservations:

to take advantage of the substantially reduced rate is 10 October 1998. Rooms booked for the event will be released after that time, late registrants may have to stay a bit far from the venue or pay more for the same rooms (210AUD [~126US] corporate rate; 300AUD [~180US] regular rate).

Hotel Check-In Time 1400: Check-Out Time 1100
Credit Cards: Amex. Mastercard. Visa. Diners. JCB

2. Please also send an email to with your arrival and departure details.

3. It is recommended that

You should arrive

Please try to schedule your departure for Saturday 21st or later, not Friday evening. (Note that flying to the US you will arrive on the same day because you cross the date-line.)

Weather: The weather should be early summer, still dry with the occasional afternoon shower, temperatures around 26-32 Degrees Celsius.

Internet access:
will be available at the site, alternatively you may dial your ISP from your room.

Exchange rate: as of 11 September the exchange rate is: 1$AUD = approx 59c US$