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Jan Dietz
Delft University of Technology
Netherlands


Enterprise Ontology Awareness
Abstract
Enterprise Ontology refers to understanding the essence of the organization of an enterprise. It comprises the common notion of ontology, i.e. the conceptual schema of a reference universe of discourse, but it also integrates the construction view, the process view, and the operation view on organizations. DEMO (Design and Engineering Methodology for Organizations) is a pioneering methodology in the new discipline of Enterprise Engineering[1], fully capturing the notion of Enterprise Ontology[2]. The philosophy of DEMO is that people are the 'pearls' of every organization. Equipped with the right authority and acting from the corresponding responsibility, these people bring about the services they deliver to each other, in social interaction. The philosophy therewith encourages sense making and collaboration. The theory of DEMO is that this social interaction takes place in universal patterns, called transactions. Business processes are clear tree structures of transactions, not mind-boggling railroad yards. ICT applications are supporting tools for people; they do not take over responsibility. The essence of every organization is that it consists of a network of transactions and actor roles, independent of any implementation. This essence is captured in four integrated models: the Construction Model (actor roles and transactions), the Process Model (business events and business processes), the Fact Model (business objects and business facts) and the Action Model (business rules and work instructions). Because the models are formalized, ICT applications can directly be generated from them, and the dynamic behavior of the organization can be studied through simulation.

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[1] See the Enterprise Engineering Manifesto on www.ciaonetwork.org.
[2] Dietz, J.L.G.: Enterprise Ontology – Theory and Methodology. Springer, Heidelberg (2006)

Format
This is a 3 hours tutorial according to the next outline:
  • Introduction to Enterprise Ontology in Enterprise Engineering.
  • The ontological aspect models, illustrated at a small example case
  • Exercises in making enterprise ontological models
  • Discussion of practical applications of Enterprise Ontology.


Biography of Jan Dietz
Jan Dietz is emeritus professor in Information Systems Design at Delft University of Technology, as well as part-time professor in Enterprise Engineering at the same university. He holds a Master degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctoral degree in Computer Science. He has published over 200 scientific and professional articles as well as several books. His current research interests are in Enterprise Architecture, Enterprise Ontology, and Enterprise Governance, the three pillars of Enterprise Engineering. Before his academic career, he has been in business automation for 10 years. He is the spiritual father of DEMO (Design & Engineering Methodology for Organizations), a pioneering methodology in Enterprise Engineering. For developing the emerging discipline of Enterprise Engineering, he has founded the international research network CIAO! (www.ciaonetwork.org). He also acts as editor-in-chief of a book series on Enterprise Engineering, published by Springer. In order to practice Enterprise Engineering, he has founded the Enterprise Engineering Institute (www.ee-institute.com). He also acts as director of Sapio, a training and consultancy company in Enterprise Engineering (www.sapio.nl).

His e-mail addresses are j.l.g.dietz@tudelft.nl and jan.dietz@sapio.nl.

Contacts
e-mail: keod.secretariat@insticc.org

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