SAP webflow made configurable: unifying workflow templates into a configurable model

Gottschalk, Florian, van der Aalst, Wil M. P., & Jansen-Vullers, Monique H. (2007) SAP webflow made configurable: unifying workflow templates into a configurable model. Business Process Management: 5th International Conference, BPM 2007, Brisbane, Australia, September 24-28, 2007. Proceedings, 4714, pp. 262-270.

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To facilitate the implementation of workflows, enterprise and workflow system vendors typically provide workflow templates for their software. Each of these templates depicts a variant of how the software supports a certain business process, allowing the user to save the effort of creating models and links to system components from scratch by selecting and activating the appropriate template. A combination of the strengths from different templates is however only achievable by manually adapting the templates which is cumbersome. We therefore suggest in this paper to combine different workflow templates into a single configurable workflow template. Using the workflow modeling language of SAP’s WebFlow engine, we show how such a configurable workflow modeling language can be created by identifying the configurable elements in the original language. Requirements imposed on configurations inhibit invalid configurations. Based on a default configuration such configurable templates can be used as easy as the traditional templates. The suggested approach is also applicable to other workflow modeling languages

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ID Code: 46130
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Process Configuration, Reference Model, Workflow Template
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-75183-0_19
ISBN: 9783540751830
ISSN: 0302-9743
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2013 23:27
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2017 11:01

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