The objective of this thesis paper is to study the UN/EDIFACT Standard and investigate how object-oriented methodologies could be used in the design of EDIFACT messages in order to avoid possible inconsistencies and ambiguities in mapping data. In the process we first analyse EDIFACT structures. Next follows an evaluation of the methods used in message design to identify problem areas requiring solutions. Finally, four methods to overcome EDIFACT deficiencies are detailed: the first two are adopted by two message development groups who use the object-oriented approach to model the data to be mapped into a new message. The two last ones consist in redefining EDIFACT structures in batch and interactive EDI. Before closing this paper, we assess the situation and give our opinion about the whole problem.
|Date of Award||1995|
|Supervisor||Philippe Van Bastelaer (Supervisor)|