Design and management of flexible process variants using templates and rules

Akhil Kumar, Wen Yao

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

54 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper makes four main contributions towards managing large collections of process models. First, we show how flexible process variants can be configured by applying rules to a generic process template using a configuration algorithm. This leads to a separation of control flow and business policy. Second, we develop a new succinct representation for process trees as strings by performing a post-order traversal. This structure can facilitate process variant configuration and retrieval. Third, we develop techniques for querying a repository of process variants by means of bit vectors. In this way the management of variants even in a large repository is greatly enhanced. Finally, we describe a preliminary implementation of our approach with a case study for demonstration. Our focus is on capturing deeper process knowledge and achieving a holistic approach to robust process design, as well as ease of accommodating changes to business policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-130
Number of pages19
JournalComputers in Industry
Volume63
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012

Fingerprint

Flow control
Process design
Industry
Demonstrations

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

Cite this

@article{ba72336f71e141548a265fb85109ad57,
title = "Design and management of flexible process variants using templates and rules",
abstract = "This paper makes four main contributions towards managing large collections of process models. First, we show how flexible process variants can be configured by applying rules to a generic process template using a configuration algorithm. This leads to a separation of control flow and business policy. Second, we develop a new succinct representation for process trees as strings by performing a post-order traversal. This structure can facilitate process variant configuration and retrieval. Third, we develop techniques for querying a repository of process variants by means of bit vectors. In this way the management of variants even in a large repository is greatly enhanced. Finally, we describe a preliminary implementation of our approach with a case study for demonstration. Our focus is on capturing deeper process knowledge and achieving a holistic approach to robust process design, as well as ease of accommodating changes to business policy.",
author = "Akhil Kumar and Wen Yao",
year = "2012",
month = "2",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.compind.2011.12.002",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "63",
pages = "112--130",
journal = "Computers in Industry",
issn = "0166-3615",
publisher = "Elsevier",
number = "2",

}

Design and management of flexible process variants using templates and rules. / Kumar, Akhil; Yao, Wen.

In: Computers in Industry, Vol. 63, No. 2, 01.02.2012, p. 112-130.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Design and management of flexible process variants using templates and rules

AU - Kumar, Akhil

AU - Yao, Wen

PY - 2012/2/1

Y1 - 2012/2/1

N2 - This paper makes four main contributions towards managing large collections of process models. First, we show how flexible process variants can be configured by applying rules to a generic process template using a configuration algorithm. This leads to a separation of control flow and business policy. Second, we develop a new succinct representation for process trees as strings by performing a post-order traversal. This structure can facilitate process variant configuration and retrieval. Third, we develop techniques for querying a repository of process variants by means of bit vectors. In this way the management of variants even in a large repository is greatly enhanced. Finally, we describe a preliminary implementation of our approach with a case study for demonstration. Our focus is on capturing deeper process knowledge and achieving a holistic approach to robust process design, as well as ease of accommodating changes to business policy.

AB - This paper makes four main contributions towards managing large collections of process models. First, we show how flexible process variants can be configured by applying rules to a generic process template using a configuration algorithm. This leads to a separation of control flow and business policy. Second, we develop a new succinct representation for process trees as strings by performing a post-order traversal. This structure can facilitate process variant configuration and retrieval. Third, we develop techniques for querying a repository of process variants by means of bit vectors. In this way the management of variants even in a large repository is greatly enhanced. Finally, we describe a preliminary implementation of our approach with a case study for demonstration. Our focus is on capturing deeper process knowledge and achieving a holistic approach to robust process design, as well as ease of accommodating changes to business policy.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84862817053&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84862817053&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.compind.2011.12.002

DO - 10.1016/j.compind.2011.12.002

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84862817053

VL - 63

SP - 112

EP - 130

JO - Computers in Industry

JF - Computers in Industry

SN - 0166-3615

IS - 2

ER -