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Take care of your belongings today – securing accessibility to complex electronic business processes


Most of today’s business processes are based solely on digital data. Input, output, and intermediate results are pure digital objects. Keeping such data accessible and meaningful but even more importantly keeping the business processes functional is challenging. With regards to complex electronic business processes traditional archiving does not provide satisfactory results. Due to the fast technical life-cycle the time gap between archiving and re-enactment or reuse of a process poses risks and increases the uncertainty on achievable results. We propose a novel strategy bridging this specific time gap. For this we present a scalable and cost-effective infrastructure with associated workflows focusing on a process’ execution context. Most importantly the process’ developers are able to assess the preserved results in a timely manner, and thus, reduce the uncertainty on future re-enactment results.

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Rechert, K., von Suchodoletz, D., Valizada, I. et al. Take care of your belongings today – securing accessibility to complex electronic business processes. Electron Markets 24, 125–134 (2014).

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  • Access
  • Long-term preservation
  • Emulation
  • Emulation-as-a-service

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