n South African Computer Journal - A proposed framework for evaluating generic enterprise models

Volume 2000, Issue 26
  • ISSN : 1015-7999
  • E-ISSN: 2313-7835



This paper investigates a number of ways in which enterprise models can be compared and proposes a framework for assessing the quality of generic enterprise models. the paper starts with an overview of various qualitative and quantitative yardsticks, taken from related disciplines, which can be used to evaluate generic enterprise models. It then uses some of these to develop a suitable framework for assessing or comparing the quality of enterprise models. the resultant framework is essentially an extension of Bart-Jan Hommes' framework for analysing the quality of a business modelling technique, to include some criteria suggested for evaluating the genericity of enterprise reference architectures. To illustrate how the proposed framework can be operationalised, it is then applied to two well-known "general enterprise models": the reference models underlying two ERP solutions namely those of Baan and SAP AG.

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