Business Process Integration within Lightweight Semantic-Enabled Enterprise Service-Oriented Architecture

Business Process Integration within Lightweight Semantic-Enabled Enterprise Service-Oriented Architecture

Tariq Mahmoud (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany), Marc Petersen (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany) and David Rummel (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2119-0.ch012
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Abstract

In the last decade, the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) market has been enormously raised, and the major vendors are trying to adapt their software to suit it. One important factor to be taken into consideration in such context is the support of internal and external business process integration. Service-oriented systems are offering reasonable business process integration support. However, they lack semantic definition of their service interfaces. The research presented in this chapter tries to solve this issue by proposing a lightweight semantic-enabled enterprise service-oriented framework where services can be semantically grouped based on the domains to which they belong. The proposed framework is merging both business processes and service orientation concepts to provide an agile and flexible enterprise solution that utilizes reusability, better quality, and faster time-to-market factors. This chapter will illustrate this framework, its goals, and outcomes, together with demonstration of a business case built on top of it.
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Introduction

It is very rare nowadays to find any enterprise that is based merely on a single information system. Rather it has a bundle of systems specialized for different organizational sections within the business. As far as e-procurement is concerned, the most three significant systems are Supply Chain Management (SCM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. One of the most problematic issues that these businesses have to overcome is the integration issue. In clearer words, how to handle the data exchange among heterogeneous dissimilar information systems? We will try to answer this question in this chapter by proposing our approach.

The remainder of this chapter is organized as follows: section two will provide background information about service orientation and business process management. A literature review and brief comparison between the proposed approach and existing frameworks and techniques is presented in section three. Section four presents the semantic-enabled SOA concept together with its main components interactions. Section five details a business case built on top of the proposed concept with highlights on its corresponding prototype. The main system’s outcomes are then listed in section six. Finally, we conclude the chapter and present a brief outlook and future directions.

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