Automatic service derivation from business process model repositories via semantic technology
The raison d’être for web-services is that they could be used to compose new services. As in process centric systems, wherein blocks of software implement a functional domain through a set of linked activities, a SOA based system modeled through web-services, requires business services (of low granularity) which implement various business functions. Such business services could not only ensure a high degree of re-use but could also help in realizing service oriented architecture in its true sense. Although today quite a few approaches for the problem exist, but most of them are bottom up solutions, or mainly focus on domain decomposition and composite service formation. Not many of them have yet utilized the full potential of business processes, which form the backbone of any enterprise. In this work we define what a business service would be like, vis-a-vis its corresponding business function, and how it could be realized through data, utility, information and other services. We present our service identification approach which utilizes process maps and service hierarchies and towards the end we discuss some of our current work in building an automation tool (named SQUID) for service identification.