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Reducing Exception Handling Complexity in Business Process Modeling and Implementation: The WED-Flow Approach.

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-16934-2_13 Conference: On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2010 - Confederated International Conferences: CoopIS, IS, DOA and ODBASE, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece, October 25-29, 2010, Proceedings, Part I
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ABSTRACT Today’s enterprises reevaluate and adjust their business processes at a very high frequency, which presents a non-trivial
challenge to classic BPM methodology. In particular, the dynamic nature of exception handling may generate highly significant
costs when business processes are modeled and implemented statically based on formal frameworks (e.g., process algebra and
Petri nets). In this work we introduce the WED-flow (Workflow, Event processing, and Data-flow) approach, a novel concept
for modeling and implementation of business processes that significantly reduces the complexity of exception handling—quantitatively,
as compared to current approaches. WED-flows explicitly integrate events, data, conditions, and transitions by capturing data
instances (future, current, and historical) as data states, which enables incremental business process development. More generally,
this paper provides a conceptual basis and guidelines for capturing, processing, and storing event-handling environments.
Consequently, information systems that implement business processes as WED-flows are truly dynamic and no longer time-invariant
by design.

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