Knowledge representation concepts for automated SLA management

Adrian Paschke, Martin Bichler
2008 Decision Support Systems  
Outsourcing of complex IT infrastructure to IT service providers has increased substantially during the past years. IT service providers must be able to fulfil their service-quality commitments based upon pre-defined Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with the service customer. They need to manage, execute and maintain thousands of SLAs for different customers and different types of services, which needs new levels of flexibility and automation not available with the current technology. The
more » ... ity of contractual logic in SLAs requires new forms of knowledge representation to automatically draw inferences and execute contractual agreements. A logic-based approach provides several advantages including automated rule chaining allowing for compact knowledge representation as well as flexibility to adapt to rapidly changing business requirements. We suggest logical formalisms for the representation and enforcement of SLA rules and describe a proof-of-concept implementation. The article describes selected formalisms of the ContractLog KR and their adequacy for automated SLA management and presents results of experiments and examples from common industry use cases to demonstrate the expressiveness of the language and the scalability of the approach.
doi:10.1016/j.dss.2008.06.008 fatcat:nac3iyeilnezfkxf4vhr72qdju