A Multi-layered Architecture for Workflow Management of IT Systems

Organizations and enterprises have to constantly
re-engineer and customize business processes to stay competitive
in their market. These modifications and customizations
result in a large number of similar processes that lead
to high costs of deployment and maintenance. This paper
presents a multi-layer architecture for efficient management
of process variations. The approach consists of organizing
related processes into a Base layer and multiple Variation
layers that separate the common fragment of the process
from its customized parts. It avoids explosions of duplicate
similar processes and allows business users flexible and easy
change management of their processes. The implementation
with the Eclipse modeling framework is also done to validate
the proposed architecture.

By: Megumi Nakamura, Takayuki Kushida, Anuradha Bhamidipaty, Malolan Chetlur

Published in: RT0829 in 2009


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