A qualitative comparison of approaches supporting business process variability

Victoria Torres, Stefan Zugal, Barbara Weber, Manfred Reichert, Clara Ayora, Vicente Pelechano

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Abstract

The increasing adoption of Process-Aware Information Systems, together with the reuse of process knowledge, has led to the emergence of process model repositories with large process families, i.e., collections of related process model variants. For managing such related model collections two types of approaches exist. While behavioral approaches take supersets of variants and derive a process variant by hiding and blocking process elements, structural approaches take a base process model as input and derive a process variant by applying a set of change operations to it. However, at the current stage no framework for assessing these approaches exists and it is not yet clear which approach should be better used and under which circumstances. Therefore, to give first insights about this issue, this work compares both approaches in terms of understandability of the produced process model artifacts, which is fundamental for the management of process families and the reuse of their contained process fragments. In addition, the comparison can serve as theoretical basis for conducting experiments as well as for fostering the development of tools managing business process variability. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Number of pages13
Volume132
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date2013
Pages560-572
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2012) - Sokos Hotel Viru, Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 3 Sep 20126 Sep 2012
http://bpm2012.ut.ee/

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2012)
LocationSokos Hotel Viru
CountryEstonia
CityTallinn
Period03/09/201206/09/2012
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN1865-1348

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