ProWAP - Process Modelling based on Workflow Activity Patterns

Typically, process models can be assembled out of a set of recurrent business functions (e.g., task execution request, approval, notification), each of them having generic semantics that can be described as activity pattern. In practice, respective business functions are usually (re-)defined from scratch for each business process model. Consequently, process design becomes  inefficient, complex and time-consuming when dealing with large process model collections.

ProWAP targets at an approach to increase the reuse of recurrent business functions when designing business processes. One of the basic pillars is provided by a set of workflow activity patterns which are close to the abstraction level or vocabulary used within an organization. This fosters pattern reuse when modeling business processes and therefore contributes to more standardized and better comparable business process models.

We provide a comprehensive framework evidencing the existence of activity patterns for defining recurrent business functions within process models. Furthermore, we investigate the benefits and completeness of these activity patterns with respect to business process modeling. Finally, ProWAP aims at comprehensive tool support for querying and reusing activity patterns as building blocks for process modelling.

Partners

  • University of Ulm, Institute of Databases and Information Systems

Funding

Duration

  • 2007 - 2009

Additional Information

Publications

| 2009 | 2008 | 2007 |

2009

Lau, Jean Michel and Iochpe, Cirano and Thom, Lucineia and Reichert, Manfred (2009) Discovery and Analysis of Activity Pattern Cooccurrences in Business Process Models. In: Proc. 11th Int'l Conf. on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS'09), Volumne on Information Systems Analysis and Specification, Milan, Italy, pp. 83-88. file
Thom, Lucineia and Reichert, Manfred and Iochpe, Cirano (2009) Activity Patterns in Process-aware Information Systems: Basic Concepts and Empirical Evidence. International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management (IJBPIM), 4(2): 93-110, Inderscience Publishers. file
Thom, Lucineia and Reichert, Manfred and Iochpe, Cirano (2009) On the Support of Workflow Activity Patterns in Process Modeling Tools: Purpose and Requirements. In: Brazilian Symposium on Multimedia and the WEB (Webmedia 2009), 3rd Workshop on Business Process Management (WBPM 2009), Fortaleza, Brazil, October 2009. file
do Nascimento, Gleison S. and Iochpe, Cirano and Thom, Lucineia and Reichert, Manfred (2009) A Method For Rewriting Legacy Systems Using Business Process Management Technology. In: Proc. 11th Int'l Conf. on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS'09), Volumne on Information Systems Analysis and Specification, Milan, Italy, pp. 57-62. file

2008

Chiao, Carolina Ming and Thom, Lucineia and Iochpe, Cirano and Reichert, Manfred (2008) Verifying Existence, Completeness and Sequences of Semantic Process Patterns in Real Workflow Processes. In: IV Simpósio Brasileiro de Sistemas de Informacao (Brazilian Simposium of Information Systems), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2008, Proc. of the Simpósio Brasileiro de Sistemas de Informação, Rio de Janeiro: UNIRIO, pp. 164-175. file
Thom, Lucineia and Reichert, Manfred and Ming Chiao, Carolina and Iochpe, Ciraono (2008) Applying Activity Patterns for Developing an Intelligent Process Modeling Tool. In: 10th Int'l Conf. on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS'08), Barcelona, Spain, June 2008. file
Thom, Lucineia and Reichert, Manfred and Chiao, Carolina Ming and Iochpe, Cirano and Hess, Guillermo N. (2008) Inventing Less, Reusing More and Adding Intelligence to Business Process Modeling. In: 19th International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA '08), Turin, Italy, September 2008, LNCS 5181, Springer, pp. 837-850. file
Thom, Lucineia and Iochpe, Cirano and Reichert, Manfred and Weber, Barbara and Droop , Matthias and Nascimento, Gleison and Chiao, Carolina Ming (2008) On the Support of Activity Patterns in ProWAP: Case Studies, Formal Semantics, Tool Support. Revista Brasileira de Sistemas de Informação (iSys), 1(1). file

2007

Iochpe, Cirano and Chiao, Carolina Ming and Hess, Guillermo and Nascimento, Gleison and Thom, Lucineia and Reichert, Manfred (2007) Towards an intelligent workflow designer based on the reuse of workflow patterns. In: Proceedings Simpósio Brasileiro de Sistemas Multimídia e Web, Gramado, Brazil, 2007. file
Thom, Lucineia and Iochpe, Cirano and Reichert, Manfred (2007) Workflow Patterns for Business Process Modeling. In: B. Pernici, J.A. Gulla (Eds.): Proc. of the CAiSE'06 Workshops (Vol. 1) - 8th Int'l Workshop on Business Process Modeling, Development, and Support (BPMDS'07), Trondheim, Norway, June 2007, pp. 349-358. file