Enabling Process Variants and Versions in Distributed Object-Aware Process Management Systems

Universität Ulm

Presentation at the CAiSE Forum 2018;

Sebastian Steinau, Tallinn, Estonia, 14 June 2018, 4:00 PM

Business process variants are common in many enterprises and properly managing them is indispensable. Some process management suites already offer features to tackle the challenges of creating and updating multiple variants of a process. As opposed to the widespread activity-centric process modeling paradigm, however, there is little to no support for process variants in other process support paradigms, such as the recently proposed artifact-centric or object-aware process support paradigm. This paper presents concepts for supporting process variants in the object-aware process management paradigm. We offer insights into the distributed object-aware process management framework PHILharmonicFlows as well as the concepts it provides for implementing variants and versioning support based on log propagation and log replay. Finally, we examine the challenges that arise from the support of process variants and show how we solved these, thereby enabling future research into related fundamental aspects to further raise the maturity level of data-centric process support paradigms.

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