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Business process improvement for the shoe industry by the utilisation of object oriented software engineering methods
|Organization name:Gabor Shoes Ag|
Marienberger Strasse 31
Region:BAYERN OBERBAYERN Rosenheim, Kreisfreie Stadt
Objective: The European shoe industry currently has two seasons, Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. There is a trend towards the creation of two additional intermediate collections which leads to the need for shorter product development and production cycles. This requirement ripples throughout the enterprise, also involving marketing, sales, distribution, and accounting.
To satisfy this emerging market requirement, it is necessary to optimise our business processes. For central product development and production planning at our headquarters in Rosenheim, it is important to have rapid access to all important control data from all of our European locations including our subsidiaries. It is equally important to distribute data for production control throughout the enterprise. This involves upgrades to the data processing applications that support these processes. To reach this goal, the supporting EDP applications must be developed and modified more rapidly.
Specific objectives of this experiment are:
reduce development cycle time;
reduce overall development costs;
support more rapid changes in our business processes;
integrate our users more effective into the development cycle.
General information: THE EXPERIMENT
Initially, we will select an object-oriented method and its supporting development tools, train the staff for this method and the tools. Then, we will define an experimental process to be followed contrasting our current strict sequential waterfall model. This process must support evolutionary progress (Boehm's spiral model). We will develop typical samples of our daily business using the new method. This will be done in two phases in order to eliminate the initial overhead caused by the new method. Gabor Shoes employs 2.800 people, 15 of them involved in the EDP team.
EXPECTED IMPACT AND EXPERIENCE
We expect an increased effort for the experiment because of initial learning efforts, but on the long run, we anticipate a cheaper and faster development process that delivers better quality:
We will consider the experiment successful if (1) the cost of the experiment is no more than 25% greater than the cost of the baseline (effort spent for the development); and (2) the number errors reported by users during the six months following release of the application is no more than 25% less than comparable projects developed previously.
Project cost:330400 EURO
Project Funding:330400 EURO
Programme Acronym: FP4-ESSI 2
Programme type:Fourth Framework Programme
Subprogramme Area:Process Improvement Experiments
Contract type:Preparatory, accompanying and support measures
Subject index:Industrial Manufacture, Innovation, Technology Transfer, Information Processing, Information Systems
Record control number:36631