Business Semantics: from business definitions to semantic integration


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OMG's Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Rules (SBVR) is a standard for semantics. In business terms, this translates into clear definitions of key business assets. In operational terms, this translates into technical models and making sure that the (meta)data is understood and aligned. We illustrate the approach with a customer case from SCA Packaging, which successfully combines a shared message-oriented middleware, a methodology and a network of experienced people to handle the issues of B2B and EAI.

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Business Semantics: from business definitions to semantic integration

  1. 1. <ul><li>SCA Packaging </li></ul><ul><li>Business Semantics: </li></ul><ul><li>from business definitions to semantic integration </li></ul><ul><li>Stijn Christiaens </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Wednesday 24 March 2010 </li></ul>
  2. 2. ... and well hidden. “ Reel”
  3. 3. Closed loop alignment
  4. 4. SBVR Standards positioning OMG’s Model-driven Architecture
  5. 5. Agile Methodology <ul><li>Two processes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Semantic Reconciliation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Semantic Application </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Processes iterate independently: Scalability through feedback loop </li></ul><ul><li>Closed-loop transparency, alignment and governance </li></ul>
  6. 6. Product Suite
  7. 7. Business Semantics Glossary
  8. 8. Business Semantics Studio
  9. 9. SCA Packaging Our Portfolio Kindly borrowed from Patrice Krakow (SCA Packaging) <ul><li>Inserts </li></ul><ul><li>PaperFoam® </li></ul><ul><li>moulded pulp </li></ul><ul><li>corrugated </li></ul><ul><li>Conventional Corrugated </li></ul><ul><li>up to 6 colour print </li></ul><ul><li>specialised solutions for trade handling </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial/ Heavy Duty </li></ul><ul><li>large boxes </li></ul><ul><li>heavy grades </li></ul><ul><li>temperature-controlled solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Speciality </li></ul><ul><li>anti-corrosion </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-static </li></ul><ul><li>Foams </li></ul><ul><li>EPS moulding </li></ul><ul><li>EPE conversion </li></ul><ul><li>POS displays </li></ul><ul><li>free standing units </li></ul><ul><li>shelf display units </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic moulded packaging </li></ul><ul><li>returnable trays </li></ul><ul><li>blister packaging </li></ul><ul><li>Accessory packaging materials </li></ul><ul><li>foils </li></ul><ul><li>pallets </li></ul><ul><li>adhesive tapes, etc </li></ul>“ Be a full-service packaging provider by growing and differentiating our core business to offer our customers increased value ” <ul><li>Documentation </li></ul><ul><li>full colour printed materials </li></ul><ul><li>marketing materials </li></ul><ul><li>kitting </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer packaging </li></ul><ul><li>litho-laminated printing </li></ul><ul><li>solid board and micro fluting </li></ul>
  10. 10. SCA Packaging Supporting high-profile brands Kindly borrowed from Patrice Krakow (SCA Packaging)
  11. 11. SCA Packaging Facts & Figures <ul><li>One of Europe’s leading suppliers of packaging solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Worldwide 2008 sales amounted to EUR 3.55 bn </li></ul><ul><li>Ranked 2nd greenest company in the world </li></ul><ul><li>220 production units in 30 countries </li></ul><ul><li>15,500 employees </li></ul>Kindly borrowed from Patrice Krakow (SCA Packaging)
  12. 12. SCA Integration Service, SCA i Some figures <ul><li>400 message formats </li></ul><ul><li>600 mappings </li></ul><ul><li>3,500 routes 1 </li></ul><ul><li>(between ~ 400 nodes) </li></ul><ul><li>6 people </li></ul>Kindly borrowed from Patrice Krakow (SCA Packaging) 1 A route is the unique combination of a source, a format (e.g. SAP order, EDIFACT order, papiNet invoice, etc.) and a destination. It can be seen as the unit of measure for the complexity of the configuration of our message-oriented middleware.
  13. 13. SCA Integration Service, SCA i Message-Oriented Middleware Kindly borrowed from Patrice Krakow (SCA Packaging) IN OUT SCA i
  14. 14. With Collibra <ul><li>The business /technical teams using systems A and B creates together a shared semantic specification . </li></ul><ul><li>The technical teams of systems A and B do not speak to each other , and map their format to the shared semantic specification. </li></ul><ul><li>The SCAi team develop the format mappings required. </li></ul>Kindly borrowed from Patrice Krakow (SCA Packaging)
  15. 15. Cost savings & risk reduction <ul><li>Reduced number of mappings, number of mapping errors, development time per mapping, documentation time per mapping, maintenance time per mapping </li></ul><ul><li>Structural capital value creation and reduced HR risks </li></ul><ul><li>Future proof infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of a dynamic information model to increase agility </li></ul>
  16. 16. Questions? <ul><li>P. De Leenheer, S. Christiaens, and R. Meersman (2009) Business Semantics Management: a Case Study for Competency-centric HRM. In Journal of Computers in Industry: Special Issue about Semantic Web Computing in Industry. Elsevier. </li></ul><ul><li>P. De Leenheer and S. Christiaens (2008) Challenges and Opportunities for More Meaningful and Sustainable Internet Systems. In Proc. of Future of the Internet Symposium 2008 (Vienna, Austria), LNCS, Springer </li></ul><ul><li>M. Hepp. (2007) Possible ontologies: How reality constrains the development of relevant ontologies. IEEE Internet Computing, 11(1):90–96 </li></ul><ul><li>R. Meersman (1999) The use of lexicons and other computer-linguistic tools in semantics, design and cooperation of database systems. In Proc.of CODAS99, pp. 1–14 </li></ul><ul><li>P. Spyns, Y. Tang, and R. Meersman (2008) A model theory inspired ontology engineering methodology. Applied Ontology, 4, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>OMG SBVR Specification (2008) </li></ul><ul><li>more buzz on </li></ul><ul><li>mail me at stijn@ </li></ul>