Enhancing Modeling and Change Support for Process Families through Change Patterns

Ayora, Clara and Torres, Victoria and Weber, Barbara and Reichert, Manfred and Pelechano, Vincente (2013) Enhancing Modeling and Change Support for Process Families through Change Patterns. In: 14th Int'l Working Conference on Business Process Modeling, Development, and Support (BPMDS'13), 17-18 June 2013, Valencia, Spain.

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The increasing adoption of process-aware information systems (PAISs), together with the variability of business processes (BPs), has resulted in large collections of related process model variants (i.e., process families). To effectively deal with process families, several proposals (e.g., C-EPC, Provop) exist that extend BP modeling languages with variability-specific constructs. While fostering reuse and reducing modeling efforts, respective constructs imply additional complexity and demand proper support for process designers when creating and modifying process families. Recently, generic and language-independent
adaptation patterns were successfully introduced for creating and evolving single BP models. However, they are not sufficient to cope with the specific needs for modeling and evolving process families. This paper suggests a complementary set of generic and language-independent change patterns specifically tailored to the needs of process families. When used in combination with existing adaptation patterns, change patterns for process families will enable the modeling and evolution of process families at a high-level of abstraction. Further, they will serve as reference for implementing tools or comparing proposals managing process families.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Process Variability, Process Families, Patterns, Process Change
Subjects: DBIS Research > Publications
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Manfred Reichert
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2013 10:26
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2013 19:52
URI: http://dbis.eprints.uni-ulm.de/id/eprint/930

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