Business process verification - finally a reality!

Wynn, M.T., Verbeek, H.M.W., van der Aalst, W.M., ter Hofstede, A.H.M., & Edmond, D. (2009) Business process verification - finally a reality! Business Process Management Journal, 15(1), pp. 74-92.

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The goal of this paper is to demonstrate that process verification has matured to a level where it can be used in practice. Earlier techniques assumed simplified process models without the more advanced constructs available in today’s modelling languages (e.g., cancellation and OR-joins). This paper reports on new verification techniques that can be used to assess the correctness of real-life models. The proposed approach relies on using formal methods (i.e., mapping a business model to a reset net which is an extension of Petri nets, and performing state space analysis) to determine the correctness of business processes with cancellation and OR-joins. The paper also demonstrates how reduction rules can be used to improve the efficiency. We present these techniques in the context of the workflow language YAWL that provides direct support for 20 most frequently used patterns found today (including cancellation and OR-joins). But the results also apply to other languages with these features (e.g., BPMN, EPCs, UML activity diagrams, etc.). We have developed an editor that provides diagnostic information based on the techniques presented in this paper.

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ID Code: 9107
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Verification, Process modelling, Cancellation, OR, joins, YAWL, BPMN, EPC
DOI: 10.1108/14637150910931479
ISSN: 1463-7154
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Computer Software not elsewhere classified (080399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Emerald
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 21 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2015 03:09

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