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Ontology-based Business Motivation Modeling

Thesis type
  • Diplom
Student Florian Hasibether
Status Finished
Submitted in 2009
Proposal on 08. Dec 2008 13:00
Proposal room Fraunhofer FIT
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Presentation on 18. Nov 2009 16:00
Presentation room Seminarraum I5
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Today's globalized enterprises are under constant pressure for alignment with their competitive environment, calling for frequent rethinking of their corporate goals by considering the threats and opportunities they face in their industry. Flexible adaptation of business processes is seen as a key performance driver in highly volatile industries. Semantic Business Process Management studies the extension of Business Process Management systems with knowledge representation techniques with the objective to integrate abstract business knowledge into the business process modeling activities. This thesis is a contribution to knowledge-driven enterprise modeling. Motivated by current enterprise modeling efforts at SAP and driven by an in-depth domain analysis, the thesis provides an approach to express the motivation on which a company bases its actions and to integrate it with the enterprise's process space. To this end a formal model of business motivation is developed and its applicability is shown in a modeling prototype that also provides machine reasoning capabilities.

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