Artikel in Tagungsband INPROC-2005-36

Jakob, Mihály; Kaiser, Fabian; Schwarz, Holger: SEMAFOR: A Framework for an Extensible Scenario Management System.
In: Proc. of the IEEE International Engineering Management Conference (IEMC) 2005; 2005 in St. John's, Newfoundland, September 11-14, 2005.
Universität Stuttgart, Fakultät Informatik, Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik.
S. 1-5, englisch.
IEEE, September 2005.
Artikel in Tagungsband (Konferenz-Beitrag).
CR-Klassif.H.3 (Information Storage and Retrieval)

The development of successful new products and services in highly dynamic business environments has become an extremely difficult task. Innovation managers have to utilize a considerable amount of enterprise-internal and enterprise-external information to judge the potential of new products, services and technologies.

Scenario management is a powerful instrument to face this problem. Scenarios represent an intuitive concept to comprehend complex present-day and future situations. The scenario technique is a method for building such scenarios. Assessments of future business environments relying on structured scenarios enable innovation managers to target lucrative market segments and to select promising product ideas. However, diverse enterprise-internal and enterprise-external resources have to be utilized to assist the scenario development process. Last but not least, existing methods are often extremely time-consuming and existing tools for scenario development fail to provide a comprehensive solution as they are limited to certain steps in fixed workflows.

In this paper, we propose a modular web-based framework for the flexible and efficient development and handling of scenarios. Key aspects of our framework are module-based enterprise-specific workflows, the integration of distributed human resources into the scenario development process and diverse interfaces to enterprise-internal and enterprise-external information sources. The framework is based on self-contained software modules that cover important steps of the scenario management process. This modularity allows the easy supplementation of existing 'scenario technique' methods with newly developed methods that are incorporated into modules and can be combined in a flexible way to fit enterprise-specific requirements.

Abteilung(en)Universität Stuttgart, Institut für Parallele und Verteilte Systeme, Anwendersoftware
Eingabedatum2. September 2005
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