Second-Order Servification

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 150)


In this paper we present second-order servification, a business process modeling paradigm for variability. Key to this paradigm is to consider services and even whole subprocesses as ‘resources’ of a (second-order) business process, which can be created, selected, and moved around just like data. This does not only allow us to easily define new variants of a business process simply via second-order parameterization, but also to exchange its constituent services (and even sub-processes) dynamically at runtime. In fact, the concrete implementation of a second-order activity in a process model may be unknown when the process starts, and built-up and exchanged while the process is running. We will illustrate the ease of the new paradigm along a flight booking scenario, where our corresponding second-order process model allows us to dynamically instantiate the payment process even with process implementations that were not available when the overall process started.


service orientation servification business process modeling executable models variability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair of Programming SystemsTechnische Universität DortmundGermany

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