Adrian Mos, Thierry Jacquin
Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference Workshops (EDOCW), Vancouver, Canada, 9-13 September, 2013. Full paper available on <a href=> IEEE Website </a>
Many forward-thinking organizations have adopted
domain-specific languages (DSL) as the preferred method for
describing business processes. Using DSL-based descriptions
helps in removing uncertainty from the semantics of process
models. DSLs can evolve in a managed way and with proper
versioning of individual processes the original intentions of
process designers can be preserved over time. However in
collaborative projects, business processes written in different
DSLs need to be converted to a common denominator format to
facilitate exchange. Due to its widespread adoption, BPMN is
ideally placed to serve as the exchange language for complex,
cross-domain collaborations. This paper presents an approach
for automatic two-way synchronization of domain-specific
process models with BPMN diagrams. This approach can be
valuable when collaboration between different stakeholders with
different expertise is required, as well as when the company
wants to leverage its investments in a BPM suite across its
process portfolio. In addition, this approach ensures that changes
to processes executed through the BPMS are valid with respect to
their domain representations, minimizing the potential for runtime problems that are difficult to understand.
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