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Business process change management based on process model synchronization of multiple abstraction levels

: Weidmann, Monika; Kötter, Falko; Renner, Thomas; Alvi, Modood; Leymann, Frank; Schumm, David


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
IEEE International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing and Applications, SOCA 2011 : Proceedings of SOCA and RTSOAA, KASTLES, LCPS; Dec 12-14, 2011, University of California, Irvine, California, USA
Piscataway/NJ: IEEE, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4673-0319-4
ISBN: 978-1-4673-0318-7
ISBN: 1-4673-0318-6
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International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing and Applications (SOCA) <2011, Irvine/Calif.>
International Workshop on Real-Time Service Oriented Architecture and Applications (RTSOAA) <2011, Irvine/Calif.>
International Workshop on Knowledge and Service Technology for Life, Environment, and Sustainability (KASTLES) <2011, Irvine/Calif.>
International Workshop on Large-Scale Cyber-Physical Systems (LCPS) <2011, Irvine/Calif.>
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Management of business processes is typically performed on multiple levels, each with different granularity, language constructs, and abstraction. Starting from an initial sketch of the activities to be performed, several refinements are made to entirely specify the business process, its artifacts, and participants. Then, information relevant for process execution can be added to enable efficient automation in the context of a service-oriented architecture (SOA). However, dealing with changes initiated by business or technology is a key difficulty in this approach. If change management is not performed properly then process models become out of sync which results in losing the alignment of business and IT. To address this challenge, we propose a synchronization method based on model element correspondence that considers change management between process models on different abstraction levels. We show how synchronization can be established and changes are propagated using a change queue for synchronization continuity. Finally we present a prototypical implementation of the key concepts.