Correctness ensuring process configuration : an approach based on partner synthesis

Aalst, Wil M.P. van der, Lohmann, Niels, La Rosa, Marcello, & Xu, Jingxin (2010) Correctness ensuring process configuration : an approach based on partner synthesis. Lecture Notes in Computer Science [Business Process Management: 8th International Conference, BPM 2010 Proceedings], 6336, pp. 95-111.


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A configurable process model describes a family of similar process models in a given domain. Such a model can be configured to obtain a specific process model that is subsequently used to handle individual cases, for instance, to process customer orders. Process configuration is notoriously difficult as there may be all kinds of interdependencies between configuration decisions.} In fact, an incorrect configuration may lead to behavioral issues such as deadlocks and livelocks. To address this problem, we present a novel verification approach inspired by the ``operating guidelines'' used for partner synthesis. We view the configuration process as an external service, and compute a characterization of all such services which meet particular requirements using the notion of configuration guideline. As a result, we can characterize all feasible configurations (i.\,e., configurations without behavioral problems) at design time, instead of repeatedly checking each individual configuration while configuring a process model.

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ID Code: 31832
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: configurable process model, operating guideline, petri nets
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-15618-2_9
ISSN: 0302-9743
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTATION THEORY AND MATHEMATICS (080200) > Computational Logic and Formal Languages (080203)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Development Methodologies (080608)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2010 05:33
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2015 00:51

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