A blog about the IT industry, system design and business in general

Nov26

Book about open source projects – last Polish copies in sale

Book about open source projects – last Polish copies in sale

The first copies of our polish book OPEN SOURCE projects – how are they organized and financed saw daylight in the year 2011. It’s hard to believe that so many time has passed since its first release. Work on the book started a year earlier – gathering sources, analyzing projects, surveys, discussions on mailing lists, editorial, etc. Despite the enormous effort and positive reviews the publishers didn’t want to take the risk – they viewed the topic to be too much of a niche. So we moved on further alone – designed the books cover, gathered media partners, found a printer. The initial interest overwhelmed any expectation and we started to get invitations to conferences and gathered support from the open source community.

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Nov18

Integrating business systems with manufacturing sys. in SME

Integrating business systems with manufacturing sys. in SME

In the last article we described why the division of responsibilities between ERP-MES systems from the IEC/ISO-62264 standard cannot be directly applied to small and medium enterprises. Now we’ll show you how we devised our own integration scheme for systems used in SME based on the conclusions from the previous analysis.

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Oct22

Division of ERP-MES responsibilities vs the SME scale of things

Division of ERP-MES responsibilities vs the SME scale of things

At the beginning of the year we began preparations to design our own IT system for industrial production management targeted towards small and medium-sized enterprises. As part of this stage we analyzed standards related to such solutions. Our attention has been particularly caught by IEC/ISO-62264 (based on ISA-95), which attempts to construct an unified model of concepts, data structures  and activities that occur at the interface between Enterprise Resource Planning systems and Manufacturing Execution Systems.

Now came the time to share with you our insights and design sketches. This is our first article from a hole series that show you our efforts aimed at transferring the standards adopted for large ERP and MES systems to the SME scale of things.

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