Analyzing the impact of process change operations on time-aware processes

Andreas Lanz, Manfred Reichert, Universität Ulm
2016
The proper handling of temporal process constraints is crucial in many application domains. Contemporary process-aware information systems (PAIS), however, lack a sophisticated support of time-aware processes. As a particular challenge, the enactment of time-aware processes needs to be flexible as time can neither be slowed down nor stopped. Hence, it should be possible to dynamically adapt time-aware process instances to cope with unforeseen events. In turn, when applying such dynamic changes,
more » ... ch dynamic changes, it must be re-ensured that the resulting process instances are temporally consistent; i.e., they still can be completed without violating any of their temporal constraints. This paper extends existing process change operations, which ensure soundness of the resulting processes, with temporal constraints. In particular, it provides pre- and post-conditions for these operations that guarantee for the temporal consistency of the changed process instances. Further, we analyze the effects a change has on the temporal properties of a process instance. In this context, we provide a means to significantly reduce the complexity when applying multiple change operations. The presented change operations have been prototypically implemented in the AristaFlow BPM Suite.
doi:10.18725/oparu-3189 fatcat:qjpcnhogx5bm7oucfoji3skesy