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Development of a new service-oriented modelling method for information systems analysis and design
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Information Systems and Project Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6849-6343
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis presents a new modelling method for information systems analysis and design, where the concept of service and the principles of service orientation are used for integrated modelling and reasoning about information systems architectures across organisational and technical systems boundaries. The concept of service enables cohesion of the intersubjective and objective modelling traditions by using a single type of diagram that facilitates detection of semantic inconsistency, incompleteness, ambiguity and discontinuity between the static and dynamic aspects of information systems specifications. The thesis is focused on three research topics, which are fundamental to the development of a new service-oriented modelling method. The first research topic concerns a pragmatic-driven specification of information systems. It clarifies answers to the research question: How can a conceptual modelling process be driven by pragmatic considerations? The second research topic provides a service-oriented modelling foundation for information systems analysis and design. It answers the research questions: How can the concept of service be used explicitly for the analysis and design of information systems and how can the static and dynamic aspects of information systems specifications be integrated at the conceptual level? The third research topic presents transition principles to implementation-specific design and answers the research question: How can service-oriented conceptual representations be aligned with implementation-specific design?

The thesis contributes with a new knowledge to the area of conceptual modelling of information systems. The service-oriented modelling method consists of the modelling process, modelling language and techniques for the analysis and design of information systems on three levels of abstraction: pragmatic, semantic and syntactic. These three levels are necessary for a holistic understanding of enterprise architecture by stakeholders. The advantage of the service-oriented modelling method is that it can help to control traceability from information system design to original requirements. The method facilitates the semantic integration of the structural, behavioural and interactive aspects of information systems conceptual representations by using a single diagram type. The modelling language provides service-oriented constructs that are fundamental to building the major systems analysis patterns. The service-oriented modelling process contributes with seven steps of incremental design, which justifies various information systems components. The method provides the basis for a gradual and systematic way of modelling and an understanding of how pragmatic, semantic and logical information system requirements are linked together. The possibility to detect and eliminate undesirable characteristics of service-oriented diagrams can help to improve communication among stakeholders. Service-oriented specifications are computation-neutral and therefore they are more comprehensible for business analysis experts in comparison to implementation specific graphical representations of information systems. Finally, this thesis presents the challenges for future research, one of which is the development of the automated tools for the alignment of business models with implementation-specific information systems specifications.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstad University , 2010. , p. 432
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2010:19
Keywords [en]
Information systems analysis and design, conceptual modeling, service orientation, semantic integrity, static and dynamic aspects, goal modeling.
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Information Systems
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-5704ISBN: 978-91-7063-310-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-5704DiVA, id: diva2:321830
Public defence
2010-09-28, Ljungbergsalen 21A 244, Universitets g. 2, Karlstad, 13:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2010-09-10 Created: 2010-06-02 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. On a Problem of Ambiguity and Semantic Role Relativity in Conceptual Modelling
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On a Problem of Ambiguity and Semantic Role Relativity in Conceptual Modelling
2002 (English)In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Advances in Infrastructure for e-Business, e-Education, e-Science, and e-Medicine on the Internet, 2002Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-6352 (URN)88-85280-62-5 (ISBN)
Conference
SSGRR 2002w - International Conference on Advances in Infrastructure for e-Business, e-Education, e-Science, and e-Medicine on the Internet, L`Aquila, Italy, Jul 29 - Aug 4 2002
Available from: 2010-09-09 Created: 2010-09-09 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
2. Extending Lyee Methodology using the Enterprise Modelling Approach
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Extending Lyee Methodology using the Enterprise Modelling Approach
2002 (English)In: Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, ISSN 0922-6389, E-ISSN 1879-8314, Vol. 84, p. 273-288Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2002
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-6354 (URN)
Available from: 2010-09-09 Created: 2010-09-09 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
3. On Desirable Qualities of Information System Specifications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On Desirable Qualities of Information System Specifications
2003 (English)In: Proceedings of the 10th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, Lisse: Balkema Publishers , 2003, p. 1279-1287Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lisse: Balkema Publishers, 2003
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-6355 (URN)
Conference
10th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, Madeira,July 26 2003 - July 30 2003
Available from: 2010-09-09 Created: 2010-09-09 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
4. Enterprise Modeling Approach for Information Systems Engineering
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Enterprise Modeling Approach for Information Systems Engineering
2003 (English)In: Human IT 2003 / [ed] J.S. Pettersson, Karlstad: Karlstads universitet , 2003, p. 186-234Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2003
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2003:26
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-6361 (URN)9185019437 (ISBN)
Available from: 2010-09-13 Created: 2010-09-13 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
5. Towards the Enterprise Engineering Approach for Information System Modelling across Organizational and Technical System Boundaries
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards the Enterprise Engineering Approach for Information System Modelling across Organizational and Technical System Boundaries
2004 (English)In: Enterprise Information Systems V / [ed] O.Camp, S. Hammoudi & M.Piattini, Dordrecht: Kluwer , 2004, Vol. 5, p. 235-252Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2004
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-6364 (URN)10.1007/1-4020-2673-0_24 (DOI)978-1-4020-1726-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2010-09-14 Created: 2010-09-14 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
6. Pragmatic-Driven Approach for Service-Oriented Analysis and Design
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pragmatic-Driven Approach for Service-Oriented Analysis and Design
2008 (English)In: Information Systems engineering: From Data Analysis to Process Networks / [ed] P.Johannesson & E. Söderström, New York: IGI Global, 2008, p. 97-128Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter presents a pragmatic-driven approach for service-oriented information system analysis and design. Its uniqueness is exploiting a design foundation for graphical description of the semantic and pragmatic aspects of business processes that is based on the service oriented principles. Services are viewed as dynamic subsystems. Their outputs depend not only inputs, but on a service state as well. A precondition state and input flow is sufficient for determining a service output flow and a post-condition state. Intentions of various business process experts are represented in terms of a set of pragmatic dependencies, which are driving the overall system engineering process. It is demonstrated how the pragmatic aspects are linked to the conceptual representations, which define the semantics of business design. In contrast to the traditional system development methodologies, the main difference of the service-oriented approach is that it integrates the static and dynamic aspects into one type of diagram. Computation independent models of semantic fragments are represented by graphical specifications of interactions between service providers and service consumers. Semantic integrity control between the static and dynamic dependencies of business processes is a one of the major benefits of service-oriented analysis and design process. It is driven by the pragmatic descriptions, which are defined in terms of goals, problems and opportunities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: IGI Global, 2008
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-6366 (URN)10.4018/978-1-59904-567-2.ch005 (DOI)9781599045672 (ISBN)
Available from: 2010-09-14 Created: 2010-09-14 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
7. Service-Oriented Foundation and Analysis Patterns for Conceptual Modelling of Information Systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Service-Oriented Foundation and Analysis Patterns for Conceptual Modelling of Information Systems
2007 (English)In: Information Systems Development. Challenges in Practice, Theory and Education: Volume I / [ed] Wita Wojtkowski, Gregory Wojtkowski, Michael Lang, Kieran Conboy, Chris Barry, New York: Springer, 2007, p. 249-265Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Springer, 2007
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-6367 (URN)10.1007/978-0-387-68772-8_20 (DOI)
Conference
ISD2007 - The 16th International Conference on Information Systems Development, Galway, Ireland, August 29-31, 2007
Available from: 2010-09-14 Created: 2010-09-14 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
8. Introducing Service-Orientation into System Analysis and Design
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introducing Service-Orientation into System Analysis and Design
2008 (English)In: Information Systems Analysis and Specifications: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Enterprise Information Systems, Setúbal: INSTICC Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication , 2008, p. 189-194Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The conventional methods of information system analysis and design are not based on service-oriented paradigm that facilitates control of business process continuity and integrity. Service-oriented representations are more compre¬hensi¬ble for business experts as well as system designers. It is reasonable to conceptualize a business process in terms of service-oriented events, before the supporting technical system is designed. UML design primitives abstract from the concrete implemen¬tation artefacts and therefore they are difficult to comprehend for business analysis experts. The presented approach for service-oriented analysis is based just on three types of events: creation, reclassification and termination, which can also be used for the semantic integrity and consistency control. In this paper, the basic service-oriented constructs are defined. Semantics of these implementation neutral artefacts are analysed in terms of their associated counterparts that are used in object-oriented design.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Setúbal: INSTICC Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication, 2008
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-6374 (URN)10.5220/0001688301890194 (DOI)9789898111388 (ISBN)
Conference
The 10th International Conference of Enterprise Information Systems, 12 - 16, June 2008, Barcelona, Spain
Available from: 2010-09-16 Created: 2010-09-16 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
9. A New Method for Conceptual Modelling of Information Systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A New Method for Conceptual Modelling of Information Systems
2009 (English)In: Information Systems Development: Towards a Service Provision Society / [ed] G.A Papadopoulos, W. Wojtkowski, W.G Wojtkowski, S. Wrycza & J. Zupancic, New York: Springer , 2009, p. 157-166Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Springer, 2009
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-6375 (URN)10.1007/b137171_17 (DOI)978-0-387-84809-9 (ISBN)
Conference
ISD2008 - The 17th International Conference on Information Systems Development, August 25-27, 2008 Paphos, Cyprus.
Available from: 2010-09-16 Created: 2010-09-16 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
10. Semantic Framework for Information Integration Using Service-Oriented Analysis and Design
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Semantic Framework for Information Integration Using Service-Oriented Analysis and Design
2009 (English)In: Databases and Information Integration: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICEIS 2008 / [ed] J.Cordeiro & J. Filipe, 2009, p. 64-69Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-6376 (URN)9789898111845 (ISBN)
Conference
The 11th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICEIS 2008, 12 - 16 June 2008, Barcelona, Spain
Available from: 2010-09-16 Created: 2010-09-16 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
11. How Model and Methods for Analysis and Design of Information Systems can be Improved to Better Support Communication and Learning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How Model and Methods for Analysis and Design of Information Systems can be Improved to Better Support Communication and Learning
2010 (English)In: Infonomics for Distributed Business and Decision-Making Environment: Creating Information System Echology / [ed] Pankowska, Malgorzata, New York: IGI Global , 2010, p. 44-61Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: IGI Global, 2010
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-6378 (URN)9781605668901 (ISBN)
Available from: 2010-09-16 Created: 2010-09-16 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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