Lifecycle Management of Business Process Variants



This chapter deals with advanced concepts for the configuration and management of business process variants. Typically, for a particular business process, different variants exist. Each of them constitutes an adjustment of a master process (e.g., a reference process) to specific requirements building the process context. Contemporary Business Process Management tools do not adequately support the modeling and management of such process variants. Either the variants have to be specified in separate process models or they are expressed in terms of conditional branches within the same process model. Both methods can result in high model redundancies, which make model adaptations a time-consuming and error-prone task. In this chapter, we discuss advanced concepts of our Provop approach, which provides a flexible and powerful solution for managing business process variants along their lifecycle. Such variant support will foster more systematic process configuration as well as process maintenance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manfred Reichert
    • 1
  • Alena Hallerbach
    • 2
  • Thomas Bauer
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Databases and Information SystemsUniversity of UlmUlmGermany
  2. 2.UlmGermany
  3. 3.Department for Information ManagementNeu-Ulm University of Applied SciencesNeu-UlmGermany

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