Historically, business process models refer only to large information sets, and database models and messaging standards provide models of all information about the related business entities that might be used in any of several business processes. In short, no conventional modeling discipline documents the rationale for the content of information flows in a particular business process or activity. This paper proposes a methodology for specifying the information elements needed in a joint business process. The methodology is based on developing a reference ontology for the business entities and a formal specification for the joint process. It adds a binding between the process elements and the business entities that calls out the specific properties of the entities that are used by the process elements. This approach brings together process modeling and information modeling to produce a formal basis for reasoning about information flow designs and the impact of change.
Proceedings Title: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Interoperability for Enterprise Software and Applications (IESA '07)
Conference Dates: March 13-16, 2007
Conference Location: Funchal,
Pub Type: Conferences
information modeling, information requirements, ontologies, process modeling