Understandability Issues of Approaches Supporting Business Process Variability

Torres, Victoria and Zugal, Stefan and Weber, Barbara and Reichert, Manfred and Ayora, Clara and Pelechano, Vicente (2012) Understandability Issues of Approaches Supporting Business Process Variability. Technical Report. University of Valencia, Valencia.

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The increasing adoption of Process-Aware Information Systems, together with the reuse of process knowledge, has led to the emergence of process model repositories with large process families, i.e., collections of related process model variants. For managing such related model collections two types of approaches exist. While behavioral approaches take supersets of variants and derive a process variant by hiding and blocking process elements, structural approaches take a base process model as input and derive a process variant by applying a set of change operations to it. However, at the current stage no framework for assessing these approaches exists and it is not yet clear which approach should be better used and under which circumstances. Therefore, to give first insights about this issue, this work compares both approaches in terms of understandability of the produced process model artifacts, which is fundamental for the management of process families and the reuse of their contained process fragments. In addition, the comparison can serve as theoretical basis for conducting experiments as well as for fostering the development of tools managing business process variability.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: process families, business process configuration, process model comprehension, business process variability
Subjects: DBIS Research > Publications
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Manfred Reichert
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2012 13:39
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2012 13:39
URI: http://dbis.eprints.uni-ulm.de/id/eprint/845

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