To facilitate the implementation of workflows, enterprise and
workflow system vendors typically provide sets of workflow templates for
their software. Each of these templates depicts a variant of how a particular
business process can be supported by the software. The user of
such a system can save the effort of creating the models and the links
to system components from scratch by selecting and activating the best
fitting template. A combination of the strengths from different templates
is however only achievable by manually adapting one of the templates
which is cumbersome. We therefore suggest in this paper to combine the
different workflow templates into a single configurable workflow template.
Using the workflow modeling language of SAP’s WebFlow engine,
we depict how such a configurable workflow modeling language can be
created by identifying the configurable elements in the original language.
Requirements imposed on configurations inhibit invalid configurations.
Based on a default configuration such configurable templates can be used
as easy as the traditional templates. The suggested general approach is
also applicable to other workflow modeling languages.
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|Published - 2007