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Tools for Designing Office Systems

Objective

The aim of the TODOS project was to develop tools to support office systems design. These tools were to cover all phases from the planning stage to the proposal of an office systems architecture. The tools developed were to support requirements collectionand analysis, logical design, the rapid prototyping of office systems to validate requirements, and architecture design.
The objectives of the work programme were to:
-investigate models for office systems design, from feasibility analysis through to implementation specification
-provide a design support environment, based on graphic interfaces and using expert techniques, to guide the designer and to identify problems and incorrect specifications
-provide tools for the evaluation of the proposed office models during the different development phases
-provide tools for the design of the office system architecture
-provide tools for office prototyping based on the specification of the conceptual model.
The aim of the project was to develop tools to support office systems design. These tools were to cover all phases from the planning stage to the proposal of an office systems architecture. The tools developed were to support requirements collection and analysis, logical design, the rapid prototyping of office systems to validate requirements, and architecture design.

A report was produced on office characteristics, office models, design methodologies, design support tools and system development methodologies and environments. Existing multimedia databases were investigated and a conceptual model and a specification language were specified. A rapid prototyping model was developed as were tools for the practical validation of the methods and concepts developed.
The achievements of TODOS were as follows:
-a report was produced on office characteristics, office models, design methodologies, design support tools and system development methodologies and environments
-existing multimedia databases were investigated
-a TODOS conceptual model and a specification language were specified
-a rapid prototyping model was developed
-tools were developed for the practical validation of the methods and concepts developed.
The results achieved in project 56, FAOR were successfully developed in this project.
Exploitation
The TODOS project developed methodologies and support tools for office systems design which will enable the more effective and efficient introduction of IT technologies in the office.

Coordinator

Dornier System GmbH
Address
An Der Bundesstraße 31
88048 Friedrichshafen
Germany

Participants (9)

Italtel Telematica SpA
Italy
Address
Via A. De Tocqueville 13
20154 Milano
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY
Italy
Address
Via G. Moruzzi 1
56124 Pisa
OCE-NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
Address
St. Urbanusstraat Postbus 101
5900 MA Venlo
Politecnico di Milano
Italy
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
SEMA METRA GROUP SA
France
Address
Avenue De La Grande Armee
75116 Paris
Systems and Management SpA
Italy
Address
Via Brisa
20123 Milano
THOMSON INFORMATIQUE SERVICES
France
Address
33 Rue De Vouille
75015 Paris
Universität Köln
Germany
Address
Universitätsstraße 45
50931 Köln
Université de Paris I (Panthéon - Sorbonne)
France
Address
12 Place Du Panthéon
75231 Paris