Design of Enterprise Systems: Theory, Architecture, and Methods

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CRC Press, May 19, 2011 - Business & Economics - 447 pages
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In practice, many different people with backgrounds in many different disciplines contribute to the design of an enterprise. Anyone who makes decisions to change the current enterprise to achieve some preferred structure is considered a designer. What is problematic is how to use the knowledge of separate aspects of the enterprise to achieve a globally optimized enterprise. The synthesis of knowledge from many disciplines to design an enterprise defines the field of enterprise engineering.

Because enterprise systems are exceedingly complex, encompassing many independent domains of study, students must first be taught how to think about enterprise systems. Specifically written for advanced and intermediate courses and modules, Design of Enterprise Systems: Theory, Architecture, and Methods takes a system-theoretical perspective of the enterprise. It describes a systematic approach, called the enterprise design method, to design the enterprise. The design method demonstrates the principles, models, methods, and tools needed to design enterprise systems. The author uses the enterprise system design methodology to organize the chapters to mimic the completion of an actual project. Thus, the book details the enterprise engineering process from initial conceptualization of an enterprise to its final design.

Pedagogical tools available include:

For instructors:

  • PowerPointŪ slides for each chapter
  • Project case studies that can be assigned as long-term projects to accompany the text
  • Quiz questions for each chapter
  • Business Process Analyzer software available for download

For students:

  • Templates, checklists, forms, and models to support enterprise engineering activities

The book fills a need for greater design content in engineering curricula by describing how to design enterprise systems. Inclusion of design is also critical for business students, since they must realize the import their decisions may have on the long-term design of the enterprises they work with. The book’s practical focus and project-based approach coupled with the pedagogical tools gives students the knowledge and skills they need to lead enterprise engineering projects.


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I took a graduate course with professor Giachetti where he used this book. The book covers the entire design process for an enterprise, where an enterprise is defined not just as the computer system but the entire business. So this includes design of the information, process, and organization. The book includes analytical methods to support the engineering of an enterprise.
The book explains the concepts well, includes good examples, and ties together all the subjects nicely so that it flows from early conceptual design stages to more detailed technical design stages. I recommend the book as a very thorough overview of how to design an enterprise and a handy reference book. To go deeper into any one part of enterprise design, then you would need to consult more specialized books. For example, the book discusses information modeling and provides enough coverage for us to build entity-relationship models and do basic SQL (select, insert, update, and delete). However, to really know database design would require a book on just database design.
The book covers enterprise design methods, enterprise architecture, requirements analysis, enterprise strategy, process design, information design, organization design and the integration of the enterprise.

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Ronald E. Giachetti is an Associate Professor of Engineering Management at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Prior to joining FIU in 1998, he worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He conducts research in enterprise systems, operations research, and information systems. He has completed projects for government agencies, including NSF, the US Air Force, and NASA.

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