Title: A model-driven framework for business IT alignment

Authors: Martin Juhrisch, Jens Weller, Werner Esswein

Addresses: Department of Business Management and Economics, Technische Universitat Dresden, Dresden 01062, Germany. ' Department of Business Management and Economics, Technische Universitat Dresden, Dresden 01062, Germany. ' Department of Business Management and Economics, Technische Universitat Dresden, Dresden 01062, Germany

Abstract: Business Information Technology (IT) alignment focuses the efficient support of business processes by IT. Therefore, existing software artefacts are addressed within business process models. When these process models and the processes, respectively, alter, however, there is need to adjust the supporting software systems. Thus, already during the design phase of business process models, IT artefacts have to be considered. In this paper, we propose an approach aiming at the restriction of freedom in process modelling. Thus, previously defined software artefacts are used already in business process modelling. Therewith, the gap between the business and the IT layer can be closed. To support such restrictions, a meta-modelling method is introduced and its usage for composing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) services is illustrated.

Keywords: business IT alignment; model-driven frameworks; software artefacts; business process models; modelling restrictions; SOA; service-oriented architecture; ICT; information technology; communications technology; metamodelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIEM.2010.032171

International Journal of Internet and Enterprise Management, 2010 Vol.6 No.3, pp.233 - 247

Available online: 13 Mar 2010

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