Interdisciplinary design of scheduling decision support systems in small-sized SME environments: The i-DESME framework
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This paper introduces i-nterdisciplinary DEsign for SMEs (i-DESME), a structured interdisciplinary framework for the design of IT scheduling decision support systems, with a focus on small-sized Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) industrial environments. The proposed framework initially models the interdisciplinary characteristics of the current (‘as-is’) implementation of scheduling processes within a particular SME industrial environment. This information provides the basis for the implementation of function allocation and algorithm selection studies on the scheduling processes considered. As a result, an interdisciplinary specification of the information technology (IT) decision support system which will support the future (‘to-be’) implementation of the scheduling processes within the industrial environment is produced, and subsequent software lifecycle phases are implemented. A summary of case study results from the application of the i-DESME framework within the environment of a typical micro-sized SME company is provided.