A Semantic Service-Oriented Architecture for Business Process Fusion

A Semantic Service-Oriented Architecture for Business Process Fusion

Athanasios Bouras (National Technical University of Athens, Greece), Panagiotis Gouvas (National Technical University of Athens, Greece) and Gregoris Mentzas (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-056-1.ch032
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Most enterprises contain several heterogeneous systems, creating a fuzzy network of interconnected applications, services, and data sources. In this emerging business context, a clear need appears to link these former incompatible systems by using enterprise application integration (EAI) solutions. We propose a semantically enriched service-oriented business applications (SE-SOBA) framework that will provide a dynamically reconfigurable architecture enabling enterprises to respond quickly and flexibly to market changes. We also propose the development of a pure semantic-based implementation of the universal description, discovery, and integration (UDDI) specification, called pure semantic registry (PSR), which provides a flexible, extendable core architectural component allowing the deployment and business exploitation of Semantic Web services. The implementation of PSR involves the development of a semantic-based repository and an embedded resource definition framework (RDF)-based reasoning engine, providing strong query and inference capabilities to support effective service discovery and composition. We claim that when SE-SOBAs are combined with PSR and rule-based formalizations of business scenarios and processes, they constitute a holistic business-driven semantic integration framework, called FUSION, applied to intra- and inter- organizational EAI scenarios.

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