STEP for data management, exchange and sharing. Julian Fowler. Technology Appraisals. (0181 893 3986). 387 pages. ISBN 1 871802 36 9. £36.
STEP, the STandard for Exchange of Product model data (the ISO10303 standard), is emerging as one of the key technologies demanded by end users for major projects, to reduce paperwork needed for process plant.
Fowler makes the technical complexities of data modelling easy to understand for the user, and starts from first principles assuming no prior knowledge by the reader. He explains the benefits of STEP and implementation strategies.
Basic industry requirements for information management are covered, along with appendices providing technical information on architecture, methodology and the Express data modelling language.
The book also deals with various related standards – find out about Edifact, SGML, CALS and more.