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Conference Papers Year : 2016

Checking Business Process Evolution

Abstract

Business processes support the modeling and the implementation of software as workflows of local and inter-process activities. Taking over structuring and composition, evolution has become a central concern in software development. We advocate it should be taken into account as soon as the modeling of business processes, which can thereafter be made executable using process engines or model-to-code transformations. We show here that business process evolution needs formal analysis in order to compare different versions of processes, identify precisely the differences between them, and ensure the desired consistency. To reach this objective, we first present a model transformation from the BPMN standard notation to the LNT process algebra. We then propose a set of relations for comparing business processes at the formal model level. With reference to related work, we propose a richer set of comparison primitives supporting renaming, refinement, property- and context-awareness. Thanks to an implementation of our approach that can be used through a Web application, we put the checking of evolution within the reach of business process designers.
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hal-01366641 , version 1 (16-09-2016)

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Pascal Poizat, Gwen Salaün, Ajay Krishna. Checking Business Process Evolution. 13th International Conference on Formal Aspects of Component Software (FACS), Oct 2016, Besançon, France. ⟨hal-01366641⟩
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