Measuring method complexity: UML versus BPMN

Recker, J., zur Muehlen, M., Siau, K., Erickson, J. and Indulska, M. (2009). Measuring method complexity: UML versus BPMN. In: AMCIS 2009 Proceedings. 15th Americas Conference on Information Systems AMCIS 2009, San Francisco, California, (1-10). 6-9 August, 2009.

Author Recker, J.
zur Muehlen, M.
Siau, K.
Erickson, J.
Indulska, M.
Title of paper Measuring method complexity: UML versus BPMN
Conference name 15th Americas Conference on Information Systems AMCIS 2009
Conference location San Francisco, California
Conference dates 6-9 August, 2009
Proceedings title AMCIS 2009 Proceedings
Place of Publication Toronto, Canada
Publisher Association for Information Systems
Publication Year 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Issue Paper 541
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Graphical models are used to depict relevant aspects of real-world domains intended to be supported by an information system. Various approaches for modeling exist and approaches such as object-oriented and process-oriented modeling methods are in widespread use. These modeling methods differ in their expressive power as well as in their complexity of use, thereby leading to an important investment decision for organizations seeking to conduct modeling projects. In this paper, we used an established approach for evaluating the complexity of conceptual modeling methods and compared two important industry standards for modeling, Unified Modeling Language and Business Process Modeling Notation, based on their complexity. Our research finds that BPMN has very high levels of complexity when contrasted with UML.
Subjects E1
080609 Information Systems Management
970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
Keyword process modeling
object-oriented modeling
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
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