Configurable process models as a basis for reference modeling

W.M.P. Aalst, van der, A. Dreiling, F. Gottschalk, M. Rosemann, M.H. Jansen-Vullers

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Off-the-shelf packages such as SAP need to be configured to suit the requirements of an organization. Reference models support the configuration of these systems. Existing reference models use rather traditional languages. For example, the SAP reference model uses Eventdriven Process Chains (EPCs). Unfortunately, traditional languages like EPCs do not capture the configuration-aspects well. Consider for example the concept of "choice" in the control-flow perspective. Although any process modeling language, including EPCs, offers a choice construct (e.g., the XOR connector in EPCs), a single construct will not be able to capture the time dimension, scope, and impact of a decision. Some decisions are taken at run-time for a single case while other decisions are taken at build-time impacting a whole organization and all current and future cases. This position paper discusses the need for configurable process models as a basic building block for reference modeling. The focus is on the control-flow perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness Process Management Workshops (Nancy, France, September 5, 2005, Revised selected papers)
EditorsA. Haller, C. Bussler
Place of PublicationBerlin
ISBN (Print)3-540-32595-6
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


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