SISCO: An object-oriented supply chain simulation system

Dean C. Chatfield, Terry P. Harrison, Jack C. Hayya

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We present SISCO, the Simulator for Integrated Supply Chain Operations, an object-oriented supply chain simulation tool. SISCO advances the concept of a supply chain simulator in a number of ways. With SISCO, we introduce a fundamentally new approach to supply chain specification, storage, and model generation. The user specifies the structure and policies of a supply chain with a GUI-based application and then saves the supply chain description in the open, XML-based Supply Chain Modeling Language (SCML) format. SISCO automatically generates the simulation model when needed by mapping the contents of the SCML file to a library of supply-chain-oriented simulation classes. SISCO's object-oriented, agent-style system architecture and detailed output improve upon current supply chain simulation tools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)422-434
Number of pages13
JournalDecision Support Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems and Management


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