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Process Integration for the Extended Enterprise
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV.
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: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4027ISBN: 91-7178-331-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-4027DiVA: diva2:10460
Public defence
2006-06-14, Sal A, DSV, KTH-Forum, Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, 13:00
Opponent
Supervisors
Note
QC 20100929Available from: 2006-06-02 Created: 2006-06-02 Last updated: 2010-09-29Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Service-Based Processes: Design for Business and Technology
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Service-Based Processes: Design for Business and Technology
2004 (English)In: ICSOC '04: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Service Oriented Computing: New York City, NY; 15 November 2004 through 19 November 2004 / [ed] Aiello M., Aoyama M., Curbera F., Papazoglou M.P., 2004, 21-29 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Composition of software services is a fundamental part in supporting enterprise business processes. Designed properly, executable processes can be used to closely support business processes by the integration of existing software services. In order to support business processes the design of the executable process must closely follow the business events and activities, as perceived by business actors. However, the design must also consider technical issues such as limitations in existing technology and systems. In this paper we examine how technical system constraints influence the realization of business processes. Based on this examination we present a set of realization types that describes the transformation from a business process into its realization as an executable process. We also propose design criteria that need to be adhered to in order to cater to both business and technical needs.

Keyword
Business processes; Executable processes; Service coordination
National Category
Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5917 (URN)10.1145/1035167.1035171 (DOI)2-s2.0-20444492470 (Scopus ID)1-58113-871-7 (ISBN)
Note
QC 20100809Available from: 2006-06-02 Created: 2006-06-02 Last updated: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved
2. Supporting Development and Evolution of Service-Based Processes
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Supporting Development and Evolution of Service-Based Processes
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.

Series
International Conference on e-Business Engineering
Keyword
Computer software; Industrial management; Sustainable development; Technology transfer; Service based processes; Software services; System constraints; Technical requirements
National Category
Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5918 (URN)10.1109/ICEBE.2005.114 (DOI)000234336900101 ()2-s2.0-33845500539 (Scopus ID)0-7695-2430-3 (ISBN)
Note
QC 20100810Available from: 2006-06-02 Created: 2006-06-02 Last updated: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved
3. Flexible realization of business processes using existing services
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Flexible realization of business processes using existing services
2006 (English)In: ICEIS 2006: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, 2006, 165-172 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

When realizing executable business process models, in most situations process specifications collide with specific properties of existing services. In this paper we propose an approach for relaxation of the business process specification to enable flexible integration between the process and existing services. The approach is based on the notion of visibility, which allows a categorized relaxation of the process specification by not requiring every process state to be distinguished after the process is realised with existing services. The categories of visibility presented in this paper are applied by indicating flexible elements in the process design phase. The presented approach stimulates the alignment between business processes and existing services, facilitating a larger scale of transparent process realisations.

Keyword
business processes; executable processes; service coordination; flexibility
National Category
Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5919 (URN)000241937800027 ()2-s2.0-77953896236 (Scopus ID)972-8865-43-0 (ISBN)
Note
QC 20100810Available from: 2006-06-02 Created: 2006-06-02 Last updated: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved
4. Enabling Flexible Modeling of Service-Based Processes
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Enabling Flexible Modeling of Service-Based Processes
2005 (English)In: International Journal of IT and ManagementArticle in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Abstract [en]

When designing executable enterprise processes the assumption of a transparent integration with existing systems is unrealistic. These systems, represented by software services, may impose various constraints. Using a process description framework, in this paper we examine how the design of executable business processes is affected by technical issues. Furthermore, we examine rules to which system designers should adhere to when designing services, to enable a larger scope of “as-is” realizations of business processes.

National Category
Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5920 (URN)
Note
QC 20100929Available from: 2006-06-02 Created: 2006-06-02 Last updated: 2012-03-16Bibliographically approved
5. Enabling Business Process Interoperability Using Contract Workflow Models
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Enabling Business Process Interoperability Using Contract Workflow Models
2005 (English)In: ON THE MOVE TO MEANINGFUL INTERNET SYSTEMS 2005: COOPIS, DOA, AND ODBASE, PT 1, PROCEEDINGS, 2005, 77-93 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Business transactions are governed by legally established contracts. Contractual obligations are to be fulfilled by executing business processes of the involved parties. To enable this, contract terms and conditions need to be semantically mapped to process concepts and then analyzed for compliance with existing process models. To solve the problem, we propose a methodology that, using a layered contract ontology, deduces contract requirements into a high-level process description named Contract Workflow Model (CWM). By applying a set of transformation rules, the CWM is then compared for compliance with existing, executable process models. By the use of its concepts, the methodology enables comprehensive identification and evolution of requirements for interoperability of processes of the contracting parties.

Series
LECTURE NOTES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, ISSN 0302-9743
National Category
Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5921 (URN)10.1007/11575771_8 (DOI)000233741400008 ()2-s2.0-33646713224 (Scopus ID)3-540-29736-7 (ISBN)
Note
QC 20100929Available from: 2006-06-02 Created: 2006-06-02 Last updated: 2010-09-29Bibliographically approved
6. Cooperation of Processes through Message Level Agreement
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cooperation of Processes through Message Level Agreement
2004 (English)In: ADVANCED INFORMATION SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, PROCEEDINGS, 2004, 564-579 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

E-Business is constantly growing as organizations are trying to integrate electronically in order to automate exchange of information and services. To construct inter-organizational processes, the involved enterprises must agree on ways how to invoke process services on the business partner's system. A problem is that existing processes are so diverse in protocols, activity and message forms that it is impossible to start collaboration without comprehensive adaptations. In this paper, we propose a framework for interoperation of processes, which is based on requirements for equivalence of document exchanges. We argue that this level of equivalence is sufficient to enable existing enterprise processes to collaborate without internal redesign. The proposed framework is aimed to facilitate process collaboration by using a mediator layer to perform necessary adaptations, while minimizing requirements for process similarity.

Series
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES INSTRUMENTATION, ISSN 0067-8856
Keyword
Integration, inheritance
National Category
Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5922 (URN)10.1007/978-3-540-25975-6_40 (DOI)000222262200040 ()2-s2.0-35048859217 (Scopus ID)3-540-22151-4 (ISBN)
Note
QC 20100929Available from: 2006-06-02 Created: 2006-06-02 Last updated: 2010-09-29Bibliographically approved
7. Concepts of Flexibility for Efficient Integration of B2B Processes
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Concepts of Flexibility for Efficient Integration of B2B Processes
2004 (English)In: ON THE MOVE TO MEANINGFUL INTERNET SYSTEMS 2004: OTM 2004 WORKSHOPS, PROCEEDINGS, 2004, 431-443 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Business-to-Business (B2B) e-commerce is emerging as trading parties are attempting to integrate electronically, to automate exchange of their services. To be able to collaborate, enterprise processes must expose compatible public behavior. It is a common need for a company to collaborate a business with many partners. A problem is that, even agreeing on information to be exchanged, the partners usually expose different requirements for protocol and logic of interactions. Therefore, it becomes necessary for companies to redesign process models to accommodate to a new partner. As the result, the company must engage considerable resources for designing and verifying new process specifications, as well as for maintaining them. In this paper, we propose a framework for flexible modeling of enterprise processes, to support a larger scale of B2B integrations. The proposal is based on a set of concepts of flexibility that enable partial process specifications, depicting thus a wider scope of business scenarios that a company is willing to conform in a B2B context. The complete process specification is made after B2B parties agree on a strict public protocol and enforced by runtime transformations. The proposed framework for flexible process modeling is aimed to speed up integration of partner processes as it increases ability for process matching without requiring changes in their design.

Series
LECTURE NOTES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, ISSN 0302-9743
National Category
Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5923 (URN)10.1007/978-3-540-30470-8_58 (DOI)000225021000058 ()2-s2.0-35048881065 (Scopus ID)
Conference
On the Move Confederated International Workshop and Conference Agia Napa, CYPRUS, OCT 25-29, 2004
Note
QC 20100929Available from: 2006-06-02 Created: 2006-06-02 Last updated: 2011-11-01Bibliographically approved

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