François Vernadat, LGIPM, University of Lorraine, France and European Institutions, Luxembourg


"Challenges and trends for Next Generation Enterprise Information Systems"


Short bio:


Dr François Vernadat has been a research officer, first at the National Research Council of Canada (NRCC), Ottawa, in the 80’s and then at the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA), France, in the 90’s. Since 1995 he has been a professor at the University of Metz in France in automatic control and industrial engineering. At the end of 2001, he joined the European Commission, DG Eurostat in Luxemburg, as project manager in the IT Directorate and then DG Infomatics (DIGIT). In 2008 he moved to the European Court of Auditors in Luxemburg, another European institution, where he is currently the head of the Information Systems and Methods (ISM) unit. His research work has been dealing with enterprise architectures, enterprise modelling and integration, information systems design and analysis, CIM and various aspects of industrial engineering (facility layout, performance evaluation, cost estimation, competency modelling and value-risk management). He has lectured in many countries in Europe, North, Latin and South America, China and North Africa. He has consulted several large and medium-sized companies in France and Canada (automotive industry, aeronautics industry, and software houses). He is the author of over 285 scientific papers in journals, conferences, and edited books. He is the author of the textbook "Enterprise Modeling and Integration: Principles and Applications", co-author of the book "Practice of Petri nets in Manufacturing" and co-editor of the book "Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering", all published by Chapman & Hall. He is adviser for International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, associate editor for Computers in Industry, International Journal of Production Research, Enterprise Information Systems, and is on the editorial board of Computers and Industrial Engineering. He served as vice-chairman several technical committees of the IFAC, has been a member of IEEE and ACM and he has been chairman or vice-chairman of several international conferences on industrial engineering.





Since year 2000, nearly all corporate software vendor packages, many international research projects and a growing number of practical implementations have shown considerable progress in the area of Enterprise Information Systems, but such advances have also come with new challenges for the scientific community, especially regarding Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs),which are at the core of new developments and digital megatrends.


Indeed, SOA and Internet technologies, Enterprise Architecture Frameworks, Enterprise Modelling frameworks and tools as well as Enterprise Integration, Interoperability and Networking approaches and now Cloud Computing solutions have been continuously and rapidly evolving. The main driver has been to cope with emerging collaborative organizations in the industry and society, from the intra-organizational level to the inter-organizational level and up to the global landscape. In addition, future developments of Enterprise Information Systems in different emerging domains and application environments require the identificationwell in advance of challenges and trends to establish timely research roadmaps for researchers and a sound business vision for top managers and leading practitioners to enable the development of efficient EIS solutions in practice.


The next generation of Enterprise Information Systems will continue emphasizing the need for scalable, reliable, extensible, flexible, highly available and maintainable system architectures with new technologies, models and solutions. The aim is to provide ubiquitous, plug-and-play and secure integration, interoperability and networking solutions to realize collaborative systems, platforms and ICT infrastructures for all entities operating in a common business ecosystem.


The talk will present a synthesis of future trends and emerging key research challenges identified in the preparation of a Special Issue on Next Generation Enterprise Information Systems recently published in Computers in Industry.