Platform for Active Information Dissemination

The major information sources today are service, parts, and vehicle documentation. Depending on the type of information the company utilizes a variety of different distribution channels for aftersales information but primarily a set of CD-ROM's which are assembled and sent to the dealerships on a monthly basis. This distribution method is very reliable but also very slow and inefficient. The amount of aftersales information is increasing due to the introduction of new aftersales information systems and the the introduction of new models.

The main focus of the PAID project was to develop a software architecture complying to the Daimler-Benz IT infrastructure and IT environment. This architecture was supposed to

  • minimize the proliferation of different distribution channels for aftersales information.
  • facilitate the distribution of aftersales information and applications to business units located at all enterprise levels (e.g. headquarters, wholesale, dealers).
  • establish a powerful and secure standard for information/software distribution on the Daimler-Benz Intranet and its extension the Daimler-Benz Extranet.
  • customize and adapt the distribution of aftersales information according to the specific business requirements of the accessing applications respectively users.
  • minimize the costs for the implementation of new aftersales applications and associated data distribution infrastructure facilities.
  • minimize the administration costs at the dealer as well at the headquarters.

The PAID architecture was successfully implemented as a prototype.

Project phases
The PAID project had four distinct phases:
  • 15-413, Software Engineering, Fall 1998
    • Requirements analysis
    • Basic system design
    • First prototypical implementation
    • Client acceptance test in 1999
  • Software Engineering Praktikum - WS 1998/99
    • Refinement of the architecture
    • Preparation of test data
    • Enhanced prototypical implementation
    • Client acceptance test in 1999
  • 15-495, Advanced Software Engineering Spring 1999
    • Additional work on data mining
    • Additional work on web learning

    Software Engineering Diplomarbeiten
    • Evaluation of billing strategies
  • Field-test, May-August 1999
    • Refinement of the prototypical implementation
    • Installation of the system at selected dealerships in Germany and USA
    • 2 week field-test with selected dealerships in Germany and USA in August 1999

The PAID project has been finished in January 2000. Documentation is no longer maintained; links to old information can be found here.

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