Semantic Enterprise Architecture

Enterprise Architectures contain analytical or prescriptive models of organizations. They are used to understand, manage, or change the enterprise. The models that describe different architecture facets are typically organized according to the views they describe, such as process, data, rules and organization models, among others. For organizations that engage in multiple architecture projects, a systematic organization of these views is essential; only if the views and their representations are consistent across different projects can an organization efficiently identify organizational and technical interfaces, streamline cross-functional operations, and assert compliance to rules and regulations.

We are particularly interested in the use of semantic technologies (such as OWL and RDF) to capture and analyze the content of enterprise architectures. CEBPI works closely with the Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer of the U.S. Department of Defense to develop new approaches to manage large-scale enterprise architectures. Our members have been involved in the creation of the DoDAF 2.0 Enterprise Architecture Framework, as well as in the development of modeling standards that are used to describe various architecture facets.

Related Publications

Wisnosky, Dennis E.; zur Muehlen, Michael: “Bespoke Enterprise Architecture: Tailoring BPMN 2.0 Using Conformance Classes”, Layna Fischer (ed.), BPMN 2.0 Handbook, Future Strategies, 2011.