Agile and seamless integration of business processes within and across organizations is key to the success of supply chains / business value networks. This course is aimed at understanding key concepts, methods and tools for integration of business processes from both an organizational and technological point of view. Differences and parallels among process integration in various industry sectors will be covered including finance, energy, government and supply chain & logistics. Multiple guest speakers from these sectors will be invited to the course to give students insights into the state of business integration in their industry. The student will be able to select and use the appropriate organizational and technological theories, methods and tools to achieve dynamic integration of business processes. Service, process and (linked/open) data approaches to integration will be dealt with. Centralized architectures (Hub-based) versus decentralized designs (federated blockchain) will be compared. Students will understand differences between these approaches and how they are related to the various organizational contexts. The student will be able to analyze and reflect on the latest theories and technologies in the area of business integration. Students will gain experience with inter-organizational business process integration and the managerial and technological problems related to designing a successful integration project. In the second part of this course|
Within the context of networked businesses, data interoperability plays a crucial role. Standards (e.g. technical, semantics) are needed for achieving interoperability. One particular set of standards, driven by the architecture of the World Wide Web is called Linked Data, and is a potential game changer. There are three learning objectives related to the Linked Data part of this course:
- The student is able to summarize explain the concepts of Linked Data, and understand the bigger picture from business integration perspective, and underlying concepts (standards & interoperability).
- The student is able to illustrate the value of Linked Data for business value networks and is able to apply the basic principles in a demonstrator.
- The student is able to illustrate the future potential of Linked Data, including the latest trends.
This course focuses on the complex organizational and technological issues regarding the intra- and inter-organizational integration of business processes and business information systems. Several industrial sectors are analysed from this perspective.|
Topics that are central to this course are: architecture and design of integration solutions, inter-organizational process coordination/integration, service orientation, interoperability, standards, (linked) open data, model driven integration, semantic web, knowledge graphs, solid.
Testing and assessment:
The final grade is composed out of two grades as follows:
Please note that in order to pass this course you must be graded with a minimum of 5.5 for both the theoretical and two practical parts. The exam questions will be covering the material presented during the regular lectures and guest lectures. For the "practical" grade you are expected to complete the assignment, write a report and give a demo of your final results. Assignments must be submitted before the deadlines that are announced on Canvas.
- one grade for the theoretical part (exam) of this course (SCHR).; this grade has a weight of 50% from the final grade. The individual exam will be held on a laptop as an open notebook exam
- one grade for the "practical" (EINDOPDR); this grade has a weight of 40% of the final grade.
- one grade for the "Supply Chain Integration Hackathon " (OPDR); this grade is the result of a team performance on the one day challenge built into the course. On this day students work in teams to address a real-world business integration challenge It has a weight of 10% of the final grade.