Supporting customizable business process models using graph transformation rules

Authors Verena Geist
Christina Illibauer
Christine Natschläger
Robert Hutter
Title Supporting customizable business process models using graph transformation rules
Type article
Journal International Journal of Information Systems Modeling and Design (IJISMD)
Number 3
Volume 7
DOI 10.4018/IJISMD.2016070103
ISSN 1947-8186
Month November
Year 2016
Pages 51-71
SCCH ID# 16040

Business Process customization is an active research area in the process management field, dealing with variations/commonalities among processes of a given process family and runtime adaptations of single process instances. Many theoretical approaches have been suggested in the last years; however, practical implementations are rare and limited in their functionality. In this article, a new approach is proposed for capturing customizable process models based on well-known graph transformation techniques and with focus on practical aspects like definition of variation points, linking and propagation of changes, visual highlighting of differences in process variants, and dynamically selecting a specific variant at runtime. The suggested concepts are discussed within case studies, comprising different graph transformation systems for generating process variants supporting (a) variability by restriction, (b) variability by restriction and by extension, and (c) runtime adaptations due to the executing actor. The overall approach is being implemented in the FireStart BPM suite.