How to guarantee compliance between workflow and product lifecycles?

Zhaoxia Wang, A.H.M. Hofstede, ter, C. Ouyang, M.T. Wynn, J. Wang, Xiaochen Zhu

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Product lifecycle management (PLM) systems are widely used in the manufacturing industry. A core feature of such systems is to provide support for versioning of product data. As workflow functionality is increasingly used in PLM systems, the possibility emerges that the versioning transitions for product objects as encapsulated in process models do not comply with the valid version control policies mandated in the objects’ actual lifecycles. In this paper we propose a solution to tackle the (non-)compliance issues between processes and object version control policies. We formally define the notion of compliance between these two artifacts in product lifecycle management and then develop a compliance checking method which employs a well-established workflow analysis technique. This forms the basis of a tool which offers automated support to the proposed approach. By applying the approach to a collection of real-life specifications in a main PLM system, we demonstrate the practical applicability of our solution to the field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-215
Number of pages21
JournalInformation Systems
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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