Kessler, McGinnis play key roles at 2008 NCM Forum

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The Network Centric Manufacturing (NCM) Forum, held in Pittsburgh on October 8, prominently featured Georgia Tech's Tennenbaum Institute.

Dr. Bill Kessler, President of Palisades Enterprises and Professor and Director of Executive Programs for the Tennenbaum Institute at Georgia Tech, acted as moderator at this year's forum, and Dr. Leon McGinnis, Eugene C. Gwaltney Chair in Manufacturing Systems and Professor, Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, moderated one of the four breakout sessions, focusing on R&D needs in NCM.

The NCF Forum has become a key rallying point for companies facing the challenges of competing and succeeding in complex global value networks producing manufactured goods.

The major issues identified in the R&D session were:
* Interoperability:
- The challenge is more than getting computers & databases to talk to each other.
- Interoperability must enable independent firms scattered across the globe to work in parallel.
- Must enable collaboration and innovation to take place throughout the network.

* Network Governance
- A paradigm shift is necessary.
- A framework for collaboration must be created.
- When the paradigm shift happens, new problems will need to be solved.

* Modeling
- Since NCM networks are so complex, they can't be effectively managed until we model them.
- The model must be populated with real time data, the model must integrate a number of different disciplines, and capture knowledge and data for re-use.

* Socializing the Network
- Information technology cannot substitute for human interaction & decision making.
- Even in a high tech global manufacturing environment, human relationships are very important to building trust, gauging risk and forming collaborative alliances.

More information about the NCF Forum is available at the DNS Solutions website:




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