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Definition: CIM

(1) (Computer-Integrated Manufacturing) Integrating office/accounting functions with automated factory systems. Point of sale, billing, machine tool scheduling and supply ordering are part of CIM.

(2) (CompuServe Information Manager) The software provided by CompuServe for installation in a subscriber's computer to access available services.

(3) (Common Information Model) A model for describing management information from the DMTF. CIM is implementation independent, allowing different management applications to collect the required data from a variety of sources. CIM includes schemas for systems, networks, applications and devices, and new schemas will be added. It also provides mapping techniques for interchange of CIM data with MIB data from SNMP agents and MIF data from DMI-compliant systems. See JMAPI and WBEM.