Rapid service-oriented business process generation method based on ontology

Budan Wu, Rongheng Lin, Wei Tek Tsai, Zheng Liu, Junliang Chen, Yong Peng

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Service-oriented business process generation is a key activity in the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) business lifecycle, and most of the other activities such as application execution depend on the business process being developed. After the business requirements are acquired, a developer has to use specific programming technologies to orchestrate web services to generate a deployable business process. It is time-consuming to specify all the business processes from low-level web services, especially for an enterprise that focuses on a series of similar businesses. This paper proposes a rapid service-oriented business process generation method with domain-specific assets specified in ontology systems. Assets with different levels of granularity are reused to refine the high level business process framework for executable business processes using the Business Process Executional Language (BPEL). The new methodology significantly simplifies service-oriented business process generation by reusing assets to construct business processes. A business process generation tool is also implemented to support the efficient visual design of SOA processes with the proposed method. This paper verifies the proposed method using a shipment tracking case. The studies show that the number of reusable assets increases significantly as these projects progress, and the business process generation speed also increases at the same time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-32
Number of pages20
JournalChina Communications
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2013


  • ontology systems
  • service-oriented business process generation
  • software asset reusability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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