The Language : Rationale and Fundamentals

Russell, Nick & ter Hofstede, Arthur (2010) The Language : Rationale and Fundamentals. In Hofstede, Arthur H. M., Aalst, Wil M. P., Adams, Michael, & Russell, Nick (Eds.) Modern Business Process Automation : YAWL and its Support Environment. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 23-102.

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The Business Process Management domain has evolved at a dramatic pace over the past two decades and the notion of the business process has become a ubiquitous part of the modern business enterprise. Most organizations now view their operations in terms of business processes and manage these business processes in the same way as other corporate assets. In recent years, an increasingly broad range of generic technology has become available for automating business processes. This is part of a growing trend in the software engineering field throughout the past 40 years, where aspects of functionality that are potentially reusable on a widespread basis have coalesced into generic software components. Figure 2.1 illustrates this trend and shows how software systems have evolved from the monolithic applications of the 1960s developed in their entirety often by a single development team to today’s offerings that are based on the integration of a range of generic technologies with only a small component of the application actually being developed from scratch. In the 1990s, generic functionality for the automation of business processes first became commercially available in the form of workflow technology and subsequently evolved in the broader field of business process management systems (BPMS). This technology alleviated the necessity to develop process support within applications from scratch and provided a variety of off-the-shelf options on which these requirements could be based. The demand for this technology was significant and it is estimated that by 2000 there were well over 200 distinct workflow offerings in the market, each with a distinct conceptual foundation. Anticipating the difficulties that would be experienced by organizations seeking to utilize and integrate distinct workflow offerings, the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC), an industry group formed to advance technology in this area, proposed a standard reference model for workflow technology with an express desire to seek a common platform for achieving workflow interoperation.

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ID Code: 70563
Item Type: Book Chapter
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-03121-2_2
ISBN: 9783642031212
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Deposited On: 27 Apr 2014 23:10
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2015 23:45

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