SBEAVER: A Tool for Modeling Business Vocabularies and Business Rules

  • Maurizio De Tommasi
  • Angelo Corallo
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4253)


Methodologies in software development are typically applied when a problem is already formulated and described. Software developers transform requirements into code with a relatively repetitive process. The actual difficulty lies in describing business needs and expected functionalities. Stakeholders involved in software development can express their ideas using a language close to them, but they usually are not able to formalize these concepts in a clear and unambiguous way. In this paper, we introduce a new tool intended primarily for business analysts and modelers who want to formalize their business knowledge using a business oriented notation based on natural language and fact-oriented approach. Moreover, the capability to map models to formal logic allows automatically generation of IT system design artifacts bridging the existing language gap between business and IT.


Natural Language Business People Business Rule Business Analyst Model Drive Architecture 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Abbott, R.: Program design by informal english descriptions. Communications of the ACM 26(11), 882–894 (1983)MATHCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Börstler, J.: User-centered requirements engineering in record - an overview. In: Proceedings NWPER 1996, the Nordic Workshop on Programming Environment Research, Aalborg, Denmark, pp. 149–156 ( May 1996)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Boyd, N.: Using natural language in software development. Journal Of Object Oriented Programming - JOOP 11(9), 45–55 (1999)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Carasik, R., Johnson, S., Patterson, D., Von Glahn, G.: Towards a domain description grammar: An application of linguistic semantics. ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes 15(5), 28–43 (1990)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Connell, B.: Web Services Management in Action: Aligning IT with Business Objectives. Westglobal (2003),
  6. 6.
    De Tommasi, M., Cisternino, V., Corallo, A.: A rule-based and computation-independent business modelling language for digital business ecosystems. In: Khosla, R., Howlett, R.J., Jain, L.C. (eds.) KES 2005. LNCS, vol. 3681, pp. 134–141. Springer, Heidelberg (2005)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Frankel, D.S. (ed.): Model Driven Architecture – Applying MDA to Enterprise Computing. Wiley Publishing inc., Chichester (2003)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Halstead, M. (ed.): Elements of Software Science. Elsevier North-Holland, Inc., New York (1977)MATHGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Hendryxs & Associates: Integrating Computation Independent Business Modeling Languages into the MDA with UML 2. document ad/03-01-32, Jan 2003.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Kleppe, A., Warmer, J., Bast, W. (eds.): The Model Driven Architecture; Practice and Promise. Addison-Wesley, Reading (2003)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Miller, J., Mukerji, J.: MDA Guide Version 1.0.1. OMG (June 2003),
  12. 12.
    OMG. Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules (SBVR), ver1.0, draft adopted specification. document dtc/05-11-01 (November 2005),
  13. 13.
    Saeki, M., Horai, H., Enomoto, H.: Software development process from natural language specification. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE-11). IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos (1989)Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    The Business Rules Group. Defining Business Rules - What Are They Really? Final Report, revision 1.3. BRG (2000),

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maurizio De Tommasi
    • 1
  • Angelo Corallo
    • 1
  1. 1.e-Business Management School – ISUFIUniversity of LecceLecce(Italy)

Personalised recommendations