Ontological Framework Aimed to Facilitate Business Transformations
Information systems aimed for the analysis and management of enterprises perceive the reality through their embedded data patterns. These data patterns must be sufficient to store the information about transformations of business processes, products and organizational structure over time. Moreover, customization, extension and integration of data models have not to impede organizational changes. However, there is a lack of approaches to data modelling that fit with the changing nature of business objects and that allow the seamless extension and sharing of knowledge between business-nodes of networking organizations. This paper introduces a new ontological framework for consistent data modelling based on the notions of the Enterprise Ontology and the Object Paradigm. After explanation of the core elements of the proposed formal ontology, we exemplify the use of the ontology for creation of the information system aimed for the diagnosis of traceability problems in supply networks.