The International Arab Journal of Information Technology (IAJIT)


Deriving Object-Based Business Process Architecture using Knowledge Management

This paper discusses a semantic-driven approach to deriving an object-based Business Process Architecture (BPA) using Knowledge Management Enablers (KMEs). The semantic enriched Riva BPA (srBPA) ontology has been selected as an object and ontology based BPA to be derived by the Abstract Knowledge Management Enablers’ Ontology (aKMEOnt). The aKMEOnt includes six KMEs: information technology, leadership, organisation structure, culture, business repository and knowledge context. The aKMEOnt has been utilised in order to generate the Essential Business Entities (EBEs) of the srBPA ontology. A link between these two artefacts, i.e., the srBPA ontology and aKMEOnt, is demonstrated using a typical example of the deposits department in banking. In conclusion, this new ontology-based approach between KMEs and BPA has informed the effectiveness of using semantic KMEs and Semantic Web Rule Language (SWRL) rules in the semi-automatic identification of representative EBEs. These EBEs characterise the business of deposits in banking and constitute the first essential building block of the Riva BPA method which drives the development of Units of Work and the subsequent 1st and 2nd cut Riva process architectures.

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[42] Yukl G., Leadership in Organizations, Pearson, 2013. 586 The International Arab Journal of Information Technology, Vol. 16, No. 3A, Special Issue 2019 Mohammad Sabri is currently finalising his PhD research in the Software Engineering Research Group (SERG) of the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK. He obtained his Master in Business Administration in 2012 from Al-Balqa’ University and BSc in Computer Science in 2004 from Princess Sumaya University in Jordan. Mohammed Odeh PhD is head of the Software Engineering Research Group in the University of the West of England, and is Professor of Cancer Care Informatics (first professor awarded this title) at King Hussein Cancer Center in Jordan. Mohammed has co-founded Cancer Care Informatics as a dedicated initiative and discipline that includes the 1st International Conference on Cancer Care Informatics, the 1st MSc in Cancer Care Informatics taught and research programme jointly run with King Hussein Cancer Center and the University of Jordan, with input from the University of West of England, Bristol, UK. He is also the co-founder and co-editor in chief of the forthcoming International Journal on Cancer Care Informatics. Mohammed has more than 33 years of research and development experience in the engineering of software systems with an in-depth interest in Systems of Systems software engineering, Knowledge-driven Requirements Engineering and Bridging the Gap between Business Processes and Computer-based Systems with specialist interest in cancer care. He has been supervising 20 PhD students in software engineering and other related disciplines. Mohammed has been acting as invited PhD examiner externally and internally, referee for the promotion of academic staff to professorial posts, invited keynote speaker in international conferences, and associate editor on international journals. Mohammed was co- organiser of the 5th IEEE CloudCom Conference in December 2013 and introduced the first Requirements Engineering for Cloud Computing (RECC) in the IEEE CloudCom Conference. He has been the UWE principal investigator on the OntoREM project and as a joint inventor of OntoREM with Dr. Kossmann from Airbus, and with two US patent, one has been fully granted. Among other research output include 46 refereed journal papers and books (including books and research work to appear) and 50 conference papers. He was an associate editor of the INCOSE/Wiley Systems Engineering and sits on the editorial board of the IAJIT journal. Also, he is on the steering committee of the ACIT conference series. He has been UWE Bristol co- investigator on EU FP5, FP6 and FP7 projects. Mohammed was the programme leader and co- organiser of the 2015 EICM Conference in Bristol, UK. Mohammed Saad is Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at the Bristol Business School. His research activity spans several fields. It includes innovation in procurement and sustainability, innovation and technology management and more global policy related issues of knowledge development, transfer and institutional collaborative learning. He is also investigating the crucial role of higher education institutions in the creation of knowledge as a basis for innovation with a greater emphasis placed on the insufficiently explored link between teaching/education and innovation.