A Survey on Handling Data in Business Process Models (Discussion Paper)

Marrella, Andrea and Mecella, Massimo and Russo, Alessandro and Steinau, Sebastian and Andrews, Kevin and Reichert, Manfred (2015) A Survey on Handling Data in Business Process Models (Discussion Paper). In: 23rd Italian Symposium on Advanced Database Systems (SEBD), 14 - 17 June 2015, Gaeta, Italy.

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Traditional activity-centric process modeling languages treat data as simple black boxes acting as input or output for activities. Many alternate and emerging process modeling paradigms, such as case handling and artifact-centric process modeling, give data a more central role. This is achieved by introducing lifecycles and states for data objects, which is beneficial when modeling data- or knowledge-intensive processes. We assume that traditional activity-centric process modeling languages lack the capabilities to adequately capture the complexity of such processes. To verify this assumption, we conducted a survey among Business Process Management experts. The survey results allow us to identify the problems of contemporary modeling languages in regard to the modeling of business data. To this end, survey respondents rated the data modeling capabilities of a variety of business process modeling tools and notations. Overall, the paper confirms the need of data-awareness in process modeling notations in general.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:DBIS Research > Publications
ID Code:1194
Deposited By: Prof. Dr. Manfred Reichert
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Deposited On:16 Aug 2015 21:24
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