Merging business process models

La Rosa, Marcello, Dumas, Marlon, Kaarik, Reina, & Dijkman, Remco M. (2010) Merging business process models. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science: On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems, Springer-Verlag Heidelberg, Crete, Greece, pp. 96-113.


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This paper addresses the following problem: given two or more business process models, create a process model that is the union of the process models given as input. In other words, the behavior of the produced process model should encompass that of the input models. The paper describes an algorithm that produces a single configurable process model from an arbitrary collection of process models. The algorithm works by extracting the common parts of the input process models, creating a single copy of them, and appending the differences as branches of configurable connectors. This way, the merged process model is kept as small as possible, while still capturing all the behavior of the input models. Moreover, analysts are able to trace back from which original model(s) does a given element in the merged model come from. The algorithm has been prototyped and tested against process models taken from several application domains.

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ID Code: 29120
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: process model, merge, configuration
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-16934-2_10
ISSN: 0302-9743
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems not elsewhere classified (080699)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Springer-Verlag Heidelberg
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Deposited On: 07 Dec 2009 23:00
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2015 08:37

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