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Semantic business process management: a vision towards using semantic web services for business process management

Hepp, Martin; Leymann, Frank; Bussler, Chris; Domingue, John; Wahler, Alexander and Fensel, Dieter (2005). Semantic business process management: a vision towards using semantic web services for business process management. In: IEEE International Conference on e-Business Engineering, pp. 535–540.

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Business process management (BPM) is the approach to manage the execution of IT-supported business operations from a business expert's view rather than from a technical perspective. However, the degree of mechanization in BPM is still very limited, creating inertia in the necessary evolution and dynamics of business processes, and BPM does not provide a truly unified view on the process space of an organization. We trace back the problem of mechanization of BPM to an ontological one, i.e. the lack of machine-accessible semantics, and argue that the modeling constructs of semantic Web services frameworks, especially WSMO, are a natural fit to creating such a representation. As a consequence, we propose to combine SWS and BPM and create one consolidated technology, which we call semantic business process management (SBPM)

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2005 IEEE
Keywords: business data processing; ontologies (artificial intelligence); organisational aspects; semantic Web; BPM; IT-supported business operation; SBPM; business process management; ontological problem; organizational aspect; semantic Web services; semantic business process management
Academic Unit/Department: Knowledge Media Institute
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 23145
Depositing User: Kay Dave
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2010 09:58
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 07:21
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