CWFDesigner: A Tool for Supporting the Visual Modeling and Analysis of Cloud Workflow with Various Modeling Languages
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Process modeling is the key activity for users to apply cloud workflow service, and the retrieval, transformation and analysis of different format process models is the key technology for the realization of users’ (enterprise tenants) internal business process integration and optimization. Most existing process modeling tools only support a specific modeling language and cannot achieve the retrieval, transformation and analysis of multi-format process repositories. In addition, these tools must be installed before using them. Therefore, we proposed a cloud workflow model (CWF), which does not depend on a specific modeling language and developed a tool (namely CWFDesigner) for supporting the visual modeling and transformation of cloud workflow with various modeling languages. Since this tool is deployed in a cloud computing environment, users can adopt the browser to build and analyze business process models without installing it. The actual practice shows that this tool is simple and easy to use and has good compatibility.
KeywordsCloud workflow Visual modeling Process model transformation Process model analysis
This work is supported by the National 973 Basic Research Program of China under Grant No. 2014CB340404, the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 61170026,61373037 and 61100017, the National Science and Technology Ministry of China under Grant Nos. 2012BAH25F02 and 2013BAF02B01 and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China under Grant Nos. 2012211020203 and 2042014kf0237.
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