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Batch Activities in Process Modeling and Execution

  • Luise Pufahl
  • Mathias Weske
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8274)

Abstract

In today’s process engines, instances of a process usually run independently to each other. However, in certain situations a synchronized execution of a group of instances of the same process is necessary especially to allow the comparison of business cases or to improve process performance. In this paper, we introduce the concept of batch activities to process modeling and execution. We provide the possibility to assign a batch model to an activity for making it a batch activity. As opposed to related approaches, the batch model has several parameters with which the process designer can configure individually the batch execution. A rule-based batch activation is used to enable a flexible batch handling. Our approach allows that several batches can run in parallel in case of multiple resources. The applicability of the approach is illustrated in a case study.

Keywords

batch activity process modeling synchronization of instances 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luise Pufahl
    • 1
  • Mathias Weske
    • 1
  1. 1.Hasso Plattner InstituteUniversity of PotsdamPotsdamGermany

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