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Applying Business Process Re-engineering Patterns to optimize WS-BPEL Workflows

  • Jonas Buys
  • Vincenzo De Florio
  • Chris Blondia
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 11)

Abstract

With the advent of XML-based SOA, WS-BPEL shortly turned out to become a widely accepted standard for modeling business processes. Though SOA is said to embrace the principle of business agility, BPEL process definitions are still manually crafted into their final executable version. While SOA has proven to be a giant leap forward in building flexible IT systems, this static BPEL workflow model is somewhat paradoxical to the need for real business agility and should be enhanced to better sustain continual process evolution. In this paper, we point out the potential of adding business intelligence with respect to business process re-engineering patterns to the system to allow for automatic business process optimization. Furthermore, we point out that BPR macro-rules could be implemented leveraging micro-techniques from computer science. We present some practical examples that illustrate the benefit of such adaptive process models and our preliminary findings.

Keywords

business process re-engineering (BPR) service-oriented architectures (SOA) WS-BPEL business processes workflows 

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© ICST Institute for Computer Science, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonas Buys
    • 1
  • Vincenzo De Florio
    • 1
  • Chris Blondia
    • 1
  1. 1.PATS research groupUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

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