Semantic Business Process Management: A Case Study

Semantic Business Process Management: A Case Study

Sebastian Stein (IDS Scheer AG Altenkesseler, Germany), Christian Stamber (IDS Scheer AG Altenkesseler, Germany), Marwane El Kharbili (IDS Scheer AG Altenkesseler, Germany) and Pawel Rubach (Telekomunikacja Polska S.A., Poland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-965-1.ch412


The application of semantic technologies promises boosting business process management because semantic integration of business and IT is achieved. To enable the vision of semantic business process management, semantic technologies like ontologies, reasoners, and semantic Web services must be integrated in BPM tools. We extended a professional BPM tool to allow semantic business process modelling using the EPC notation. In addition, we adapted the tool’s EPC to BPEL transformation to preserve the semantic annotations. By introducing a proxy service, we are able to perform Semantic Web service discovery on a standard BPEL engine. We evaluated our approach in an empirical case study, which was replicated 13 times by 17 participants from 8 different organisations. We received valuable feedback, which is interesting for researchers and practitioners trying to bring semantic technologies to end-users with no or only limited background knowledge about semantics.

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