On the suitability of UML 2.0 activity diagrams for business process modelling

N.C. Russell, W.M.P. Aalst, van der, A.H.M. Hofstede, ter, P. Wohed

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Abstract

UML is posited as the 'swiss army knife' for systems modelling and design activities. It embodies a number of modelling formalisms that have broad applicability in capturing both the static and dynamic aspects of software systems. One area of UML that has received particular attention is that of Activity Diagrams (ADs), which provide a high-level means of modelling dynamic system behaviour. In this paper we examine the suitability of UML 2.0 Activity Diagrams for business process modelling, using the Workflow Patterns as an evaluation framework. The Workflow Patterns are a collection of patterns developed for assessing control-flow, data and resource capabilities in the area of Process Aware Information Systems (PAIS). In doing so, we provide a comprehensive evaluation of the capabilities of UML 2.0 ADs, and their strengths and weaknesses when utilised for business process modelling.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConceptual Modelling 2006. Proceedings of the Third Asia-Pacific Conference on Conceptual Modelling (APCCM2006)
EditorsM. Stumptner, S. Hartmann, Y. Kiyoki
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherHobart
Pages95-104
ISBN (Print)1-920-68235-X
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event3rd Asia-Pacific Conference on Conceptual Modelling (APCCM 2006), January 16-19, 2006, Hobart, Australia - Hobart, Australia
Duration: 16 Jan 200619 Jan 2006
http://2006.apccm.org/

Publication series

NameConferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology
Volume53
ISSN (Print)1445-1336

Conference

Conference3rd Asia-Pacific Conference on Conceptual Modelling (APCCM 2006), January 16-19, 2006, Hobart, Australia
Abbreviated titleAPCCM 2006
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityHobart
Period16/01/0619/01/06
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