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Simulatable Reference Models To Transform Enterprises For The Digital Age – A Case Study –


Carlo Simon, Stefan Haag

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2020). ECMS 2020 Proceedings Edited by: Mike Steglich, Christian Muller, Gaby Neumann, Mathias Walther, European Council for Modeling and Simulation.



ISSN: 2522-2422 (ONLINE)

ISSN: 2522-2414 (PRINT)

ISSN: 2522-2430 (CD-ROM)


ISBN: 978-3-937436-68-5
ISBN: 978-3-937436-69-2(CD)


Communications of the ECMS , Volume 34, Issue 1, June 2020,

United Kingdom


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Carlo Simon, Stefan Haag (2020). Simulatable Reference Models To Transform Enterprises For The Digital Age – A Case Study –, ECMS 2020 Proceedings Edited By: Mike Steglich, Christian Mueller, Gaby Neumann, Mathias Walther European Council for Modeling and Simulation. doi: 10.7148/2020-0294



The digital transformation of enterprises forces organizations to handle increasingly complex models of their technical and information systems architectures. Both the existing and the desired architecture must be defined and analyzed in advance of the transformation itself. A purely static analysis of the architecture structure is not sufficient. Also, the dynamic behavior of horizontally and vertically integrated systems in and amongst organizations must be considered.

Reference models help modelers and organizations in finding inspiration to handle this complexity and to develop their own models. Though reference models exist, it was almost never the intention to immediately apply them to actual problems. Then, however, means are needed that help modelers to deeply understand the reference models, to support a decision finding whether a specific reference model can be applied to an organization or not, and to adapt the reference model to a given situation.

This paper explains an approach to use simulatable process models on the base of high-level Petri nets that help in this challenging situation. It describes a modelling and simulation environment called Process Simulation Center (P-S.C) in which processes of reference models can be executed with respect to the information objects needed to control these processes. Also, the structural organization can be defined with the aid of organigrams and can be linked to the process view. Finally, process maps are used to give an overview of the enterprise’s processes and their interactions.


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