Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
Collaborative Business Processes (cBP's) form the backbone of enterprise integration. With the growing reliance on the Web as a medium of business collaboration, there is an increasing need to quickly and dynamically form cBP's. However, current Business-To-Business (B2B) information systems are still static in nature, and are unable to dynamically form cBP's based on high-level business goals and their underlying criteria (e.g. item cost, product name, order quantity, etc). This paper introduces the Business-OWL (BOWL), an ontology rooted in the Web Ontology Language (OWL), and modeled as a Hierarchical Task Network (HTN) for the dynamic formation of business processes. An ontologized extension and augmentation of traditional HTN, BOWL describes business processes as a hierarchical ontology of decomposable business tasks encompassing all possible decomposition permutations.