Framework for Proactive Enterprises - Evaluation and Enhancement
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Enterprises in today s world find themselves in fast-changing environments and should for that reason be applicable to change. By being proactive and agile, enterprises can be early adopters of newfound opportunities, threats or other future events and can react quickly[PvdKP16, MSB+14a]. In A Framework For Helping Enterprises Position Themselves Towards Future Enterprises[Ham17], which was a research project done during the fall of 2017 by the authorof this thesis, a framework was developed to help enterprises position themselves and map their situation. By utilizing the framework, enterprises can get a better understanding of where they are and can compare their situation to the future enterprises defined by the EU commission[fin12]. The framework gives an enterprise an overview of strengths and weaknesses and in which areas they should improve. The framework has eight defined capabilities which are decentralization, interoperability, awareness, perceptivity, prediction, intelligence, action and extroversion.The work done during this master thesis is enhancing that framework. The specific contribution this thesis does to the framework is to answer the question of how an enterprise can improve within each of the different capabilities. The way this is done is by identifying approaches and technologies that can be used within each capability. It makes it easier for an enterprise to be able to start its transformation into being a proactive and future enterprise. The results of this thesis are mainly obtained through conducting a literature review and the development of a prototype.The prototype is developed for a collaborating enterprise. Throughout this thesis, the collaborating enterprise will be referred to as Business A, due to anonymity. The prototype consists of the development of a prediction model to be used within predictive maintenance by Business A. The prototype is a contribution as it is included as a tutorial for enterprises. The prototype is used to enhance Business A illustrated through the framework. In addition, it enriches the framework by adding an example of an approach and technology.The results of this thesis present an enhanced framework.