On the discovery of preferred work practice through business process variants

Lu. R. and Sadiq, S. (2007). On the discovery of preferred work practice through business process variants. In: C. Parent, K. Schewe, V. C. Storey and B. Thalheim, Conceptual Modeling - ER 2007: Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling. 26th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2007), Auckland, New Zealand, (165-180). 5-9 November 2007. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-75563-0_13

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Author Lu. R.
Sadiq, S.
Title of paper On the discovery of preferred work practice through business process variants
Conference name 26th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2007)
Conference location Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 5-9 November 2007
Proceedings title Conceptual Modeling - ER 2007: Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Conceptual Modeling - Er 2007, Proceedings   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2007
Year available 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1007/978-3-540-75563-0_13
Open Access Status DOI
ISBN 978-3-540-75562-3
ISSN 0302-9743
1611-3349
Editor C. Parent
K. Schewe
V. C. Storey
B. Thalheim
Volume 4801
Start page 165
End page 180
Total pages 16
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Variance in business process execution can be the result of several situations, such as disconnection between documented models and business operations, workarounds in spite of process execution engines, dynamic change and exception handling, flexible and ad-hoc approaches, and collaborative and/or knowledge intensive work. It is imperative that effective support for managing process variance be extended to organizations mature in their BPM (Business Process Management) uptake so that they can ensure organization wide consistency, promote reuse and capitalize on their BPM investments. Process variants are complex objects that contain features of different dimensions, such as variant design or variant execution data. This paper provides a technique for effective utilization of the adaptations manifested in process variants. In particular, we will present a facility for discovery of preferred variants through effective search and retrieval based on the notion of process similarity, where multiple aspects of the process variants are compared according to specific query requirements. The major advantage of this approach is the ability to provide a quantitative measure for the similarity between process variants, which further facilitates various BPM activities such as process reuse, analysis and discovery.
Subjects E1
280111 Conceptual Modelling
700000 - Information and Communication Services
Keyword Business process variants
Business process similarity
Process discovery
Flexible workflows
Business process analysis
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Proceedings in 'Lecture Notes in Computer Science' Book series.

 
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