CIM Issues #5316
How to best associate the CIM with other related information standards such as ERP, GML, and BIM
IEC 61968 series
While there may be better ways to consider now, the ErpSupport package is an example of one method for loosely coupling the CIM with other information model standards (Open Application Group was used in this case). There were two important ideas behind this approach:
1. Provide lightweight classes that could be used for common situations within the scope of CIM contexts.
2. Provide interface classes within the CIM that individual utility implementations could easily associate or replace with like classes of the utility’s ERP model. In this way, important relationships of both the CIM and the particular ERP model could be retained while enabling linkages to be made between the loosely coupled models.
Examples of ERP functions that often need to be referenced from a CIM point-of-view include bill of materials, invoices, ledgers, inventory, issues from inventory, purchase orders, chart of accounts, requisitions, and time sheets. A similar approach had been used for GML support in earlier CIM releases, but that informative package was removed.
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