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Business Process Management Workshops

Volume 66 of the series Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing pp 289-300

On Maintaining Consistency of Process Model Variants

  • Emilian PascalauAffiliated withHasso-Plattner-Institute, University of Potsdam
  • , Ahmed AwadAffiliated withHasso-Plattner-Institute, University of Potsdam
  • , Sherif SakrAffiliated withNational ICT Australia (NICTA), University of New South Wales
  • , Mathias WeskeAffiliated withHasso-Plattner-Institute, University of Potsdam

Abstract

Today’s enterprises are dynamic where many variances of business process models can exist due to several reasons such as: the need to target different customer types, rely on particular IT systems or comply with specific country regulations. Automated maintenance of the consistency between process variants is an important goal that saves the time and efforts of process modelers. In this paper, we present a query-based approach to maintain consistency among process variants. We maintain the link between the variant process models by means of defining process model views. These views are defined using, BPMN-Q, a visual query language for business process models. Therefore, dynamic evaluation for the defined queries of the process views guarantee that the process modeler is able to get up-to-date and consistent status of the process model. In addition, our view-based approach allows the building of a holistic view of related variants of the same process model.

Keywords

Business process design Reuse Querying business processes Process variants