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ThinkMind // International Journal On Advances in Software, volume 3, numbers 1 and 2, 2010 // View article soft_v3_n12_2010_5


Towards a Deterministic Business Process Modelling Method based on Normalized Systems Theory

Authors:
Dieter Van Nuffel
Herwig Mannaert
Carlos De Backer
Jan Verelst

Keywords: Normalized Systems, Business Process Engineering, Business Process Modelling, BPMN

Abstract:
Normalized Systems theory has recently been proposed to engineer evolvable information systems. In order to build information systems according to this theory, a method to identify the Normalized Systems’ primitives has to be constructed. Because business processes are currently receiving more attention as process-centric representations of an enterprise, the method should be able to translate business process models into the Normalized Systems primitives. In this paper, a preliminary mapping method based on proven software engineering principles, is discussed. The proposed method adheres to the Normalized Systems’ viewpoint of business processes being normalized production lines. In this sense, business process production lines are identified as workflow elements operating on a single type of data element. These process lines are operated as state machines, triggering action elements on the specified data element. The mapping method is illustrated using an example of a realistic business process flow. Preliminary guidelines and conclusions on the method construction are presented.

Pages: 54 to 69

Copyright: Copyright (c) to authors, 2010. Used with permission.

Publication date: September 5, 2010

Published in: journal

ISSN: 1942-2628

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