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Supporting Development and Evolution of Service-Based Processes
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV.
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV.
2005 (English)In: ICEBE 2005: IEEE International Conference on e-Business Engineering: Beijing; 18 October 2005 through 21 October 2005, 2005, 647-656 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

When designing executable enterprise processes, the alignment between business and technical requirements is still one of the central problems. Process specifications obtained from the pure business perspective commonly cannot be executed "as-is" due to constraints of information systems given in the form of existing software services. In this paper we introduce several concepts targeted towards aligning business processes and service-based systems. The notion of realization levels is introduced to discern the level of business conformance. Furthermore, a model of system constraints is introduced to guide the developer to process realizations with high business conformance. By. the combined use of the concepts, structured development and evolution of process realizations is enabled by continuous tracking of the alignment between business and the supporting technology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. 647-656 p.
Series
International Conference on e-Business Engineering
Keyword [en]
Computer software; Industrial management; Sustainable development; Technology transfer; Service based processes; Software services; System constraints; Technical requirements
National Category
Information Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5918DOI: 10.1109/ICEBE.2005.114ISI: 000234336900101Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33845500539ISBN: 0-7695-2430-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-5918DiVA: diva2:10454
Note
QC 20100810Available from: 2006-06-02 Created: 2006-06-02 Last updated: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Process Integration for the Extended Enterprise
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2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In many industries today, the speed and costs with which new products are delivered to customers provide the basis for competitive advantage. Electronic business (e-business) is a concept that shortens the “time to market” and enables transacting at lower costs. Currently, one of the main limitations in the exploitation of e-business is the lack of efficient Information System (IS) integration, both in intra- and cross-enterprise environments. Intra-enterprise integration is complex, as the business needs and the underlying information systems do not evolve in accordance. In the cross-enterprise context, transparent system integration is hardly achievable due to the incompatibility of the services of the involved partners. This means that the future success of the integration depends heavily on the possibilities offered in terms of interoperability among the involved enterprises. The Business Process Management (BPM) discipline addresses this challenge, as processes have been recognized as key mechanisms through which most intra- and cross-enterprise interactions take place. The development of methods for successful integration of process models is one of the essential issues for the use of the BPM approach in the application and evolution of e-business.

In this thesis, we address two topics in the area of business process management: 1) intra-enterprise process integration which concerns alignment between the internal business processes and information systems enclosed in the form of software services and 2) cross-enterprise integration which concerns coordination of the internal business processes of an enterprise with the processes of its suppliers, intermediaries, or customers. The goal of the thesis is to add theoretical and applicable knowledge to the field of business process management by using the proposed approaches for improvement of process integration in intra- and cross-enterprise contexts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2006. 77 p.
Series
Report series / DSV, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 06:12
National Category
Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4027 (URN)91-7178-331-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2006-06-14, Sal A, DSV, KTH-Forum, Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, 13:00
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Supervisors
Note
QC 20100929Available from: 2006-06-02 Created: 2006-06-02 Last updated: 2010-09-29Bibliographically approved
2. Service-based Processes: Design for business and technology
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Service-based Processes: Design for business and technology
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

The concepts of processes and services can be used to structure both businesses and software systems. From a business perspective, the use of processes promises efficient management of organizations. From a software perspective, executable process descriptions provide a way to structure software systems according to the business process the systems should support. Furthermore, the concept of software services allows systems to be partitioned in a modular fashion, thereby enabling large-scale system integration on a technical level. By combining process descriptions with software services in service-based processes, it is feasible to address both business and more technical software needs.

Aligning the business and software perspectives of processes and software services is, however, challenging, since implemented executable processes and software services need to cater for operational and strategic business needs as well as existing legacy software systems.

In this thesis, several instruments are presented that aim at aiding the design and evolution of service-based processes. The aligning of operational business and software perspectives on process descriptions is addressed by the introduction of business and technical process model levels. These levels can be aligned by the use of a set of model transformations and associated transformation rules. Furthermore, the aligning is aided by introducing means for achieving flexibility on both the business and technical model levels. The development of service-based processes from a strategic business point of view is aided by the introduction of novel models and methods for goal-based design of software services. Taken together, the instruments can be used for the design and evolution of service-based processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2008. 89 p.
Series
Report series / DSV, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 08-010
Keyword
Business Process Models, Service Oriented Computing, SOC, SOA, Service Engineering
National Category
Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-9386 (URN)978-91-7415-130-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2008-11-11, SalD, Isafjordsgatan 39, Forum, 13:00 (English)
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Supervisors
Projects
REMSServiam
Note
QC 20100810Available from: 2008-10-29 Created: 2008-10-28 Last updated: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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