From Adaptive Business Processes to Orchestrated Microflows

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 391)


Nowadays, businesses with focus on consumer-products are challenged by short production cycles, high pricing pressure, and the need to deliver new features and services in a regular interval. Currently, businesses are tackling these challenges by automating their business processes, while yet trying to be flexible by introducing methods for process variability modeling. However, for larger processes and variability models, it becomes difficult to consider, maintain, and optimize all process variations in the various execution contexts. In software development, highly agile requirements are usually tackled with a flexible microservice architecture. Nonetheless, the fast-changing service landscape is often not fully reflected in the underlying business processes, leading to inefficiency and loss of profit. With this work, we extend our framework for process variability modeling with concepts of Microflows, allowing agile business process modeling and orchestration while utilizing the full flexibility of underlying microservices. In addition, we present a case study, showing how this approach is used in the context of an IoT application.


Business processes Workflow management systems Microservices Software Product Lines 



The project is funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Technical Informatics, Graz University of TechnologyGrazAustria
  2. 2.NXP SemiconductorsGratkornAustria
  3. 3.Computer Science DepartmentAalen UniversityAalenGermany

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