Virtual Environment Visualisation of Executable Business Process Models
Brown, Ross A. & Rasmussen, Rune K. (2010) Virtual Environment Visualisation of Executable Business Process Models. In Rao, N. Raghavendra (Ed.) Virtual Technologies for Business and Industrial Applications : Innovative and Synergistic Approaches. Business Science Reference, Hershey, PA, pp. 68-87.
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Business Process Modelling is a fast growing field in business and information technology, which uses visual grammars to model and execute the processes within an organisation. However, many analysts present such models in a 2D static and iconic manner that is difficult to understand by many stakeholders. Difficulties in understanding such grammars can impede the improvement of processes within an enterprise due to communication problems. In this chapter we present a novel framework for intuitively visualising animated business process models in interactive Virtual Environments. We also show that virtual environment visualisations can be performed with present 2D business process modelling technology, thus providing a low barrier to entry for business process practitioners. Two case studies are presented from film production and healthcare domains that illustrate the ease with which these visualisations can be created. This approach can be generalised to other executable workflow systems, for any application domain being modelled.
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