Development Support Environment of Business Applications Based on a Multi-Grain-Size Repository

Koichi Terai, Takahira Yamaguchi, Noriaki Izumi

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In order to build the Web-based application as a shopping site on the Web, various ideas from the different viewpoints are required, such as enterprise modeling, workflow modeling, software development, and so on. From the above standpoint, this paper proposes an integrated environment to support the whole development process of analysis, design and implementation of business application. In order to reuse know-hows of various ideas in the business application development, we device a multi-grain-size repository, which consists of coarse-, middle-, and fine-grain-size repositories that correspond to the enterprise models, workflow models, and software models, respectively. We also provide a methodology that rebuilds heterogeneous information resources required for the business applications development into a multi-grain-size repository based on ontologies. The contents of the repositories are modeled by the is-a, has-a, and E-R relations, and described by the XML language. We have implemented Java-based prototype environment with the tools dealing with the multi-layered repository and confirmed that it supports us in various phases of business application development including business model manifestation, detailed business model definition and an implementation of business software applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2046-2055
Number of pages10
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Electronics, Information and Systems
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jan
Externally publishedYes


  • Application Development
  • Business Modeling
  • Integration of Heterogeneous Repository
  • Software Repository

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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