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Working Group Session

"Business Rules In Mapping"


Third session of a Working Group on "Dynamic Information Integration"

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Invitation-only. 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

As a result of a series of programs last fall, the Center is hosting a Working Group session during winter and spring 2002 on "Dynamic Information Integration." A group of 10-12 continuing participants will analyze and discuss various aspects of dynamic information integration over the next several months, including:

The role and importance of explicit models
How to achieve a working feedback loop
Existing technologies and components
Relevant standards

The third Working Group session on May 22 will focus on "Business Rules in Mapping." When integrating systems and data, mapping between taxonomies often becomes necessary. However, in some cases a static mapping of objects in one taxonomy to objects in another taxonomy is not sufficient. Rather, the case is that business rules have to be applied during mapping. The following illustrates this situation. A credit check is offered as a Web Service and requires the DUNS number and credit amount as input parameters. An ERP system with its own way of numbering customers will be calling the credit check service. A mapping between the customer ID of the ERP system and the DUNS number thus becomes necessary. But this simple, static mapping may not be enough. For example, agreements may exist that a parent company takes over payment responsibilities for certain subsidiaries or different forms of bank guarantees are in place, complicating the necessary mapping.

The following questions -- among others -- will be discussed over wine and light hors d'oeuvres:

Is there a need for a generic solution to combine data mapping with business rules? In what sort of situations is this needed?
Do systematic approaches to this problem exist?
How can rules be generated and maintained efficiently?

This Working Group session is invitation-only. If you have an interest in participating in this session and represent either academia or an enduser company dealing with such issues, send your name, company, bio, email, and telephone number to:

Dr. Venilde Jeronimo
Senior Director, Client Services
Silicon Valley World Internet Center
T: 650.462.9800