SMW used for conceptual alignment of Digital Transformation Projects

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SMWCon Fall 2021SMW used for conceptual alignment of Digital Transformation Projects
SMWCon Fall 2021
SMW used for conceptual alignment of Digital Transformation Projects
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Description: Digital transformation projects require a shared understanding of the domain in scope to align the different parties involved. We propose to use a semantic knowledge graph to achieve this. The SMW is used as editor for the required ontologies, the business practice templates and the instances of the enterprise model. SMW synchronizes semantic data into a triple-db. We explain and show how such a use case can be modeled. We show how the semantic model can be explored with an intuitive user interface using external apps.
Speaker(s): Ansgar Steinhorst
Audience: Everyone, Business people
Event start: 2021/12/10 16:30:00
Event finish: 2021/12/10 17:00:00
Length: 30 minutes
Video: click here
Keywords: knowledge graph, ontologies, smw, triple store
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Digital transformation projects require the alignment of different parties involved. The foundation of such alignment is a shared understanding of domain scope. We propose to use a semantic knowledge graph that includes the required concepts and their relations. The focus domain is digital supply chain management, logistics and ERP processes of larger corporations. Many companies combine digital transformation with changes of the IT platforms.

Concepts and Ontologies used[edit]

As foundation for shared understanding, we propose to use existing ontologies and conceptual models based on:

  • The balanced scorecard approach of Norton & Kaplan,
  • The business model canvas of Osterwalder,
  • The supply chain reference model of APICS and
  • The standard software paradigm of SAP.

Role of SMW[edit]

The Semantic Media Wiki (SMW) is used as collaborative editor for the formal specifications of ontologies and to maintain experienced based practice templates. The RDF, RDFS, OWL language stack can be used for this. SMW allows to define required class and property types. SMW synchronizes the model itself and semantic content into a triple-database like Jena/Fuseki or Virtuoso. We use a custom app with an intuitive user interface to explore the knowledge graph via the SPARQL endpoint provided by the triple-db.

Model exploration by users[edit]

The exploration of the conceptual model is guided by the following questions:

  • What is success?
  • What value are we going after?
  • What do I need to enable the success?
  • What is the business scope?
  • What is the IT scope?