Enabling the Semantic Enterprise: An Ontology-based meta-model for strategically aligned business architectures

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Venue: Penthouse, MBS WEST - Alliance Manchester Business School Booth Street West, Manchester, M15 6PB

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The notion of the Semantic Web as a “web of data” rather than “data on the web” has inspired research in Ontologies and semantic technologies for the past 15 years. The enticing idea of a global network of machine-intelligble, richly described, distributed information resources envisages the Web as an enormous, query-able database. After a slow and somewhat rocky start, tangible commercial applications of semantic technologies now abound and momentum is building. Enabled by mature standards and easily accessible resources, powerful semantic search capabilities and rich open information repositories pervade the web.

In the parallel universe of Enterprise IT, the tyranny of legacy, embodied in complex patchworks of ageing business applications continues to constrain options and stifle creativity. Battle-weary technology architects still grapple with their enterprise applications of the 90’s. Their users endure digital interactions unacceptable in their other lives as consumers of the web. Disruptive forces of innovation chip away as these two worlds plunge towards their inevitable collision.
The Capsicum Framework proposes an integrated semantic meta-model for an executable business architecture. Based on an ontological definition of the enterprise, it decomposes business information, processes, roles and rules into a canonical model that defines and explains the vocabulary and logic underpinning the semantics of the business. What emerges is a clear, informative logical model of fully-aligned enterprise resources in incremental layers of abstraction, from high-level strategic perspectives to technical expressions of business logic.

In this talk, we will provide an overview of our enterprise ontology and how we apply our semantic modelling platform (Jalapeno) to consolidate strategic planning and business analysis artefacts in a dynamic, logical repository of enterprise knowledge. The presentation will be largely based on a case study of the application of Jalapeno in the design and development of the business and technical architecture for a whole-of-government citizen services agency (ServiceNSW) in the state of NSW Australia.