Semantic Reference and Business Process Modeling Enables an Automatic Synthesis
Florian Lautenbacher, Bernhard Bauer
Semantic Reference And Business Process Modeling Enables An Automatic SynthesisProceedings of Semantics for Business Process Management Workshop (SBPM) of the European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC), 2006, Budva, Montenegro
The optimization of business processes is a necessary prerequisite to reduce transactional costs in and between enterprises. Though the modeling of processes is supported by a variety of graphical notations and tools, changes to sub-processes often require the adaptation of the whole process. Thus, methods are necessary to support automated actualization of process models omitting this time-consuming manual task. As a result, business models need to be extended with information describing the semantics of the processes. Machine-understandable information based on standards of the Semantic Web can be applied to automate this task. Describing each process with semantic information enables an automatic synthesis of processes, calculating the optimal combination of them. This paper shows a first approach how to annotate process models with semantic data for a synthesis, describes synthesis algorithms and evaluates a prototypical implementation.