This book is the first volume of a running series under the title International Handbooks on Information Systems. The series is edited by Peter Bemus, Jacek Blazewicz, Giinter Schmidt and Mike Shaw. One objective is to give state of the art surveys on selected topics of information systems theory and applications. To this end, a distinguished international group of academics and practitioners are invited to provide a reference source not only for prob lem solvers in business, industry, and government but also for professional researchers and graduate students. It seemed appropriate to start the series with a volume covering some basic aspects about information systems. The focus of the first volume is therefore architectures. It was decided to have a balanced number of con tributions from academia and practitioners. The structure of the material follows a differentiation betweeen modelling languages, tools and method ologies. These are collected into separate parts, allowing the reader of the handbook a better comparison of the contributions. Information systems are a major component of the entire enterprise and the reader will notice that many contributions could just as easily have been included in another volume of the series which is on enterprise integration. Conversely, some traditionally information systems topics, as organisational analysis and strategic change management methods, will be treated in more depth in the Handbook on Enterprise Integration. The two volumes will complement each other.
P. Bernus, G. Schmidt: Architectures of Information Systems.- Techniques and Languages for the Description of Information Systems: J. Mylopoulos: Characterizing Information Modeling Techniques.- R. Anderl, H. John, C. Pütter: EXPRESS.- T. Halpin: ORM/NIAM Object-Role Modeling.- J. Melton: Database Language SQL.- J.-M. Proth: Petri Nets.- J. Desharnais, M. Frappier, A. Mili: State Transition Diagrams.- J. Lee, M. Gruninger, Y. Jin, T. Malone, A. Tate, G. Yost: PIF The Process Interchange Format.- G. Schmidt: GPN Generalized Process Networks.- C. Menzel, R.J. Mayer: The IDEF Family of Languages.- F. Vernadat: The CIMOSA Languages.- M. A. Jeusfeld, M. Jarke, H. W. Nissen, M. Staudt: ConceptBase.- J. F. Sowa: Conceptual Graphs.- G. Doumeingts, B. Vallespir, D. Chen: GRAI Grid Decisional Modeling.- O. K. Ferstl, E. J. Sinz: SOM Modeling of Business Systems.- M. Weske, G. Vossen: Workflow Languages.- Software Engineering Methods for Information System Construction: W. Kozaczynski: Software Engineering Methods.- C. Finkelstein: Information Engineering Methodology.- B. Henderson-Sellers: Object-Oriented Software Engineering Methods.- A. Helmerich: Euromethod Contract Management.- Tools for Analysis and Design: F. Tissot, W. Crump: An Integrated Enterprise Modeling Environment.- W. Rupietta: WorkParty.- G. Schuh, T. Siepmann, V. Levering: PROPLAN.- A.-W. Scheer: ARIS.- H. Krallmann, G. Wood: Bonapart.- K. Mertins, R. Jochem: MO2GO.- A. Hofinger: IBN VisualAge.- Reference Models: N. Dick, J. Huschens: IAA the IBM Insurance Application Architecture.- M. Rabe, K. Mertins: Reference Models of Fraunhofer DZ-SIMPROLOG.- S. Meinhardt, K. Popp: Configuring BusinessApplication Systems.- D. Krahl, H.-B. Kittlaus: The SIZ Banking Data Model.- A. Bond, K. Duddy, K. Raymond: ODP and OMA Reference Models.- Selected Topics in Integrating Infrastructures: T. Goranson: Architectural Requirements of Commercial Products.- R. Weston, I. Coutts, P. Clements: Integration Infrastructure for Agile Manufacturing Systems.- A. Bond, K. Duddy, K. Raymond: Distributed Processing: DCE, CORBA, and Java.- M. Barbuceanu, R. Teigen: System Integration through Agent Coordination.