Creating sound and reversible configurable process models using CoSeNets

Dennis M.M. Schunselaar*, Eric Verbeek, Wil M.P. Van Der Aalst, Hajo A. Raijers

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All Dutch municipalities offer the same range of services, and the processes delivering these services are quite similar. Therefore, these municipalities can benefit from configurable process models. This requires the merging of existing process variants into configurable models. Unfortunately, existing merging techniques (1) allow for configurable process models which can be instantiated to unsound process models, and (2) are not always reversible, which means that not all original models can be obtained by instantiation of the configurable process model. In this paper, we propose to capture the control-flow of a process by a CoSeNet: a configurable, tree-like representation of the process model, which is sound by construction, and we describe how to merge two CoSeNets into another CoSeNet such that the merge is reversible. Initial experiments show that this approach does not influence complexity significantly, i.e. it results in similar complexities for the configurable process model compared to existing techniques, while it guarantees soundness and reversibility.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness Information Systems - 15th International Conference, BIS 2012, Proceedings
Number of pages12
Volume117 LNBIP
ISBN (Print)9783642303586
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Event15th International Conference on Business Information Systems, BIS 2012 - Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 21 May 201223 May 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume117 LNBIP
ISSN (Print)1865-1348


Conference15th International Conference on Business Information Systems, BIS 2012


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