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Ontological Evaluation of Enterprise Systems Interoperability Using ebXML
May 2005 (vol. 17 no. 5)
pp. 713-725
Enterprise systems interoperability (ESI) is an important topic for business currently. This situation is evidenced, at least in part, by the number and extent of potential candidate protocols for such process interoperation, viz., ebXML, BPML, BPEL, and WSCI. Wide-ranging support for each of these candidate standards already exists. However, despite broad acceptance, a sound theoretical evaluation of these approaches has not yet been provided. We use the Bunge-Wand-Weber (BWW) models, in particular, the representation model, to provide the basis for such a theoretical evaluation. We, and other researchers, have shown the usefulness of the representation model for analyzing, evaluating, and engineering techniques in the areas of traditional and structured systems analysis, object-oriented modeling, and process modeling. In this work, we address the question, what are the potential semantic weaknesses of using ebXML alone for process interoperation between enterprise systems? We find that users will lack important implementation information because of representational deficiencies; due to ontological redundancy, the complexity of the specification is unnecessarily increased; and, users of the specification will have to bring in extra-model knowledge to understand constructs in the specification due to instances of ontological excess.

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Index Terms:
Ontology languages, electronic commerce, system architectures, integration and modeling.
Citation:
Peter F. Green, Michael Rosemann, Marta Indulska, "Ontological Evaluation of Enterprise Systems Interoperability Using ebXML," IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 713-725, May 2005, doi:10.1109/TKDE.2005.79
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