A Framework for Dynamic Changes in Workflow Management Systems

Reichert, Manfred and Dadam, Peter (1997) A Framework for Dynamic Changes in Workflow Management Systems. In: Proc. 8th Int'l Workshop on Database and Expert Systems Applications, September 1997, Toulouse, France.

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Current workflow management systems are only applicable in a reliable and secure manner, if the business process to be supported is wellstructured. As ad hoc deviations from preplanned business processes are rather the norm and form a key part of process flexibility, this limits the applicability of today's workflow (WF) technology significantly. In this paper we present a framework for the support of ad hoc structural changes of WFs. Basic to our approach is a conceptual, graph-based WF model which has a formal foundation in its syntax and operational semantics. Based upon this model we have developed a complete and minimal set of change operations which support users in modifying the structure of WFs at runtime, while preserving their correctness and consistency.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: DBIS Research > Publications
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science > Institute of Databases and Informations Systems > DBIS Research and Teaching > DBIS Research > Publications
Depositing User: Eva Mader
Date Deposited: 07 May 2008 09:37
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2011 10:25
URI: http://dbis.eprints.uni-ulm.de/id/eprint/306

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