Flexible Integration of Blockchain with Business Process Automation: A Federated Architecture

Michael Adams, Suriadi Suriadi, Akhil Kumar, Arthur H.M. ter Hofstede

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Abstract

Blockchain technology enables various business transactions to be performed in an immutable and transparent manner. Within the business process management community, blockchain technology has been positioned as a way to better support the execution of inter-organisational business processes, where the entities involved may not completely trust each other. However, the architectures proposed thus far in the literature for blockchain-enabled business process management can be described as “heavy-weight”, since they promote the blockchain platform as the monolithic focal point of all business logic and process operations. We propose an alternative: a federated and flexible architecture that leverages the capabilities of blockchain, but without overloading the functionalities of the blockchain platform with those already extant in Business Process Management Systems (BPMSs). We illustrate its benefits, and demonstrate its feasibility, through the implementation of a prototype.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Information Systems Engineering - CAiSE Forum 2020, Proceedings
EditorsNicolas Herbaut, Marcello La Rosa
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages1-13
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030581343
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
EventCAiSE Forum 2020, held as part of the 32nd International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, CAiSE 2020 - Grenoble, France
Duration: Jun 8 2020Jun 12 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume386 LNBIP
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356

Conference

ConferenceCAiSE Forum 2020, held as part of the 32nd International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, CAiSE 2020
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityGrenoble
Period6/8/206/12/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Business and International Management
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Information Systems and Management

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