Dynamically Switching Execution Context in Data-Centric BPM Approaches

Universität Ulm

Presentation at BPMDS’20;

Kevin Andrews, Grenoble, France, 8 June 2020, 12:00 PM

In contemporary business process management software, the
context in which a process is executed is largely static. While the execution of the process itself may be flexible, on-the-fly changes to the
context, i.e., physical or logical surroundings, are either limited or impossible. This paper presents concepts for enabling context switching at
runtime for the object-aware process management paradigm. Such context switches are enabled at various granularity levels, such as shifting
entire process instances to different systems, or migrating sub-processes
between different parent processes. We further contribute the algorithms
employed in our proof-of-concept implementation and discuss use cases in
which context switching capabilities can be utilized. Implementing these
advanced concepts helps showcase the maturity of data-centric BPM.