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Declarative Enhancement Framework for Business Processes

  • Heerko Groefsema
  • Pavel Bulanov
  • Marco Aiello
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7084)

Abstract

While Business Process Management (BPM) was designed to support rigid production processes, nowadays it is also at the core of more flexible business applications and has established itself firmly in the service world. Such a shift calls for new techniques. In this paper, we introduce a variability framework for BPM which utilizes temporal logic formalisms to represent the essence of a process, leaving other choices open for later customization or adaption. The goal is to solve two major issues of BPM: enhancing reusability and flexibility. Furthermore, by enriching the process modelling environment with graphical elements, the complications of temporal logic are hidden from the user.

Keywords

BPM Variability Temporal Logic e-Government 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heerko Groefsema
    • 1
  • Pavel Bulanov
    • 1
  • Marco Aiello
    • 1
  1. 1.Distributed Systems Group, Johann Bernoulli InstituteUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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