Deliverable: SUPER D7.2 Semantic Web Services-based Business Process Architecture

Bibliography

Maciej Zaremba, Sami Bhiri, Manfred Hauswirth, Walid Gaaloul, Branimir Wetzstein, Tammo van Lessen, Ingo Weber, Markovic Ivan, Drumm Christian, Marek Kowalkiewicz, Agata Filipowska, Marek Wisniewski, Graham Hench, Alex Simov, Bernhard Schreder & Sebastian Stein: “SUPER D7.2 Semantic Web Services-based Business Process Architecture”, Sep. 2007.

Abstract

This deliverable defines the first version of the SUPER architecture. It specifies the ontologies and language standards used for describing artefacts in SUPER (information perspective), the structure of the SUPER platform in terms of components and the functionalities they provide and require, and the artefacts they produce and consume (structural perspective), how communication (including the exchange of artefacts) among the components is facilitated (communication perspective), and how the major functionalities of SUPER are achieved in terms of this framework (behavioural perspective). Any architecture is the result of an agreement process. As ontologies represent an agreement on assigning meaning to terms, a software architecture represents the joint understanding of a team of designers on the structure of a software system, the dynamic interactions among the parts defined in this structure, and the abstractions used in the interactions. As such this document serves two purposes: (1) guidance for the SUPER workpackages developing the individual components and languages standards, and (2) communication of the essential aspects of SUPER for standardization and industry adoption. There is a significant gap between business needs expressed by business people and the actual IT infrastructures intended to support them. Currently a lot of human efforts have to be invested into integrating these two domains. Moreover, there is limited technological support for discovery, mediation, composition and advanced semantic analysis of intra-company and inter-company business processes which significantly limits reusability and in conclusion causes high additional costs. To overcome this, a key goal in the design of the SUPER architecture is to bring together the Business Process Management (BPM) and Semantic Web services communities, and achieve a higher level of support for reuse and automatization of business processes. The goal is to bridge this gap by aligning BPM with semantics and thus lifting processes back to the business level with improved support for business analysts. This is the M18 version of SUPER architecture document which is a refinement of its previous, intermediary M12 version. Number of changes has been implemented in this document following development of SUPER architecture, reviewers’ comments and technical and use-case partners feedback. Introduction to the architecture has been added explaining similarities between work on ontology and system architecture as a process of reaching agreement. Requirements section has been substantially restructured reflecting the SUPER lifecycle. The information perspective presents the up-to-date ontology stack in SUPER. Components descriptions have been refined and cross-check section was added which greatly helped with finding inconsistencies between functionalities required and provided by the component which had a beneficial impact on the other parts of the document. Communication and behavioral view has been updated where required. Overall, this document presents a coherent view of the SUPER consortium with both technical and business partners over the SUPER architecture at the half way point in the course of the project duration.

Links

Link http://www.ip-super.org/res/Deliverables/M18/D7.2.pdf

BibTeX

@techreport{SUPER-D7.2,
  author = {Zaremba, Maciej and Bhiri, Sami and Hauswirth, Manfred and Gaaloul, Walid and Wetzstein, Branimir and van Lessen, Tammo and Weber, Ingo and Ivan, Markovic and Christian, Drumm and Kowalkiewicz, Marek and Filipowska, Agata and Wisniewski, Marek and Hench, Graham and Simov, Alex and Schreder, Bernhard and Stein, Sebastian},
  title = {SUPER D7.2 Semantic Web Services-based Business Process Architecture},
  institution = {super},
  year = {2007},
  etype = {Deliverable},
  number = {D7.2},
  month = {sep},
  abstract = {This deliverable defines the first version of the SUPER architecture. It specifies the ontologies and language standards used for describing artefacts in SUPER (information perspective), the structure of the SUPER platform in terms of components and the functionalities they provide and require, and the artefacts they produce and consume (structural perspective), how communication (including the exchange of artefacts) among the components is facilitated (communication perspective), and how the major functionalities of SUPER are achieved in terms of this framework (behavioural perspective). Any architecture is the result of an agreement process. As ontologies represent an agreement on assigning meaning to terms, a software architecture represents the joint understanding of a team of designers on the structure of a software system, the dynamic interactions among the parts defined in this structure, and the abstractions used in the interactions. As such this document serves two purposes: (1) guidance for the SUPER workpackages developing the individual components and languages standards, and (2) communication of the essential aspects of SUPER for standardization and industry adoption. There is a significant gap between business needs expressed by business people and the actual IT infrastructures intended to support them. Currently a lot of human efforts have to be invested into integrating these two domains. Moreover, there is limited technological support for discovery, mediation, composition and advanced semantic analysis of intra-company and inter-company business processes which significantly limits reusability and in conclusion causes high additional costs. To overcome this, a key goal in the design of the SUPER architecture is to bring together the Business Process Management (BPM) and Semantic Web services communities, and achieve a higher level of support for reuse and automatization of business processes. The goal is to bridge this gap by aligning BPM with semantics and thus lifting processes back to the business level with improved support for business analysts. This is the M18 version of SUPER architecture document which is a refinement of its previous, intermediary M12 version. Number of changes has been implemented in this document following development of SUPER architecture, reviewers’ comments and technical and use-case partners feedback. Introduction to the architecture has been added explaining similarities between work on ontology and system architecture as a process of reaching agreement. Requirements section has been substantially restructured reflecting the SUPER lifecycle. The information perspective presents the up-to-date ontology stack in SUPER. Components descriptions have been refined and cross-check section was added which greatly helped with finding inconsistencies between functionalities required and provided by the component which had a beneficial impact on the other parts of the document. Communication and behavioral view has been updated where required. Overall, this document presents a coherent view of the SUPER consortium with both technical and business partners over the SUPER architecture at the half way point in the course of the project duration.},
  editor = {Hauswirth, Manfred},
  ee = {http://taval.de/publications/SUPER-D7.2},
  owner = {vanto},
  timestamp = {2008.09.14},
  url = {http://taval.de/publications/SUPER-D7.2},
  version = {2.0}
}

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