A Conceptual Model of SOA-Enabled Business Process and its Empirical Study

A Conceptual Model of SOA-Enabled Business Process and its Empirical Study

Serdal Bayram (Siemens Turkey, Turkey), Özalp Vayvay (Marmara University Göztepe Campus, Turkey) and Süleyman Serdar Yörük (Marmara University Göztepe Campus, Turkey)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/jwp.2012010102
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In today’s strong competitive environment, business processes that answer customer needs are required to be flexible and agile so as not to miss business opportunities and to adopt new market requirements and new trends easily so business activity monitoring is becoming more crucial for enterprises. Although obstacles of the mass of hybrid and complex distributed systems make it an effortful issue, SOA researchers investigate solutions to eliminate them. This study proposes a conceptual model for SOA-enabled business process frameworks to identify components of such systems. The model consists of entities and their relationships represented by UML. The proposed model was tested in an international company where its business processes are well-defined and IT is seen as an important necessity for their implementation.
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Soa And Bpm Working In Tandem

SOA and BPM are two essential topics of enterprise information systems (EIS). Many enterprises make investments to adopt them. Both of them should be considered together because they are working in tandem to achieve better EIS. While SOA provides technical requirements for EIS like software components, operational resources, and distributed computing; BPM fulfills the needs arising from the business like business processes, their workflows, and their activity monitoring. SOA provides such IT architecture to manage business process in a higher mature process.

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