Configurable Process Models as a Basis for Reference Modeling

Van der Aalst, Wil, Dreiling, Alexander, Gottschalk, Florian, Rosemann, Michael, & Jansen-Vullers, Monique (2006) Configurable Process Models as a Basis for Reference Modeling. Business Process Management Workshops (LNCS 3812), pp. 512-518.

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Off-the-shelf packages such as SAP need to be configured to suit the requirements of an organization. Reference models support the configuration of these systems. Existing reference models use rather traditional languages. For example, the SAP reference model uses Eventdriven Process Chains (EPCs). Unfortunately, traditional languages like EPCs do not capture the configuration-aspects well. Consider for example the concept of "choice" in the control-flow perspective. Although any process modeling language, including EPCs, offers a choice construct (e.g., the XOR connector in EPCs), a single construct will not be able to capture the time dimension, scope, and impact of a decision. Some decisions are taken at run-time for a single case while other decisions are taken at build-time impacting a whole organization and all current and future cases. This position paper discusses the need for configurable process models as a basic building block for reference modeling. The focus is on the control-flow perspective. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006.

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ID Code: 22487
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Administrative data processing, Reference models;, Eventdriven Process Chains (EPC), , Configurable process models,, Societies and institutions; , Process control,, Formal languages, , Mathematical models,
DOI: 10.1007/11678564_47
ISSN: 0302-9743
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Springer-Verlag
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 13:13
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2013 11:13

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