Virtual factories for sustainable business performance through enterprise portal

Yuqiuge Hao*, Petri Helo, Ahm Shamsuzzoha

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Sustainable business has become a valuable way to achieve competitive advantage and improve business performance. Virtual enterprise (VE), as a new business collaboration form, used to fulfil unique business requirements and make sure small- and medium-sized enterprises can adapt themselves to the modern business environment under increasing pressure towards sustainability. However, an advanced information management system is demanded for collaborative enterprises to share valuable knowledge and expertise. Enterprise portal (EP) plays a significant role to develop and maintain integrated environments for collaborative business, which makes it to approach VE for sustainable business performance. This research introduces a new form of factories collaboration, namely Virtual Factory, and also expresses EP and how it provides integrated services in the industry manufacturing domain. Therefore, an open source EP, Liferay, is selected. This Virtual Factory portal (ViFa portal) enables different factories meet their manufacturing targets and provides a single tool for all factories to access the real-time manufacturing information and products information. Two case companies are included to demonstrate the ViFa portal and its overall functionalities and capabilities. This research offers a significant method to improve the manufacturing processes and increase the ability to share information across different factories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-578
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 3 2018


  • collaborative work
  • computer supported system
  • enterprise portal
  • sustainability
  • virtual factory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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