Evolution of Business Process Notation

Evolution of Business Process Notation

Roberto Paiano (University of Salento, Italy), Anna Lisa Guido (University of Salento, Italy) and Andrea Pandurino (University of Salento, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-300-5.ch001
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Abstract

The analysis of the business processes, realized through visits and interviews to the employees, must necessarily aim to provide for visibility to a large range of operation of the whole process knowledge; this misses very often to the company: each operator sees only the part of the process that tightly competes with it and only an analysis realized by an external team (or that succeeds in abstracting from the specific problems of every actor of the business process) can gather the process in its entirety.
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Idef0:1993

IDEF0 (Draft Federal Information, 1993) is the acronym for integration definition for function modeling; it is a standard born in 1993 with the goal of providing for a manner to model in a consistent and complete way the activities, functions, processes, operations as well as the relationships intervening between them. IDEF0 has the followings characteristics:

  • Generic, or rather it suits it for the analysis of systems with various goals and complexity

  • Rigorous and precise with the purpose of providing a correct model and easily usable

  • Concise to facilitate the communication, the approval and the validation of the model

  • Conceptual for the representation of the functional requisites

  • Flexible to support different phases of the cycle of life of a project

The use of IDEF0 is recommended for the projects that:

  • Require proper techniques of modeling for the analysis, development, and reengineering of an information system

  • Require a description of how the company works through an analysis of its processes

The IDEF standard, in which is included the IDEF0 standard, is constituted by three other levels:

  • IDEF0, used for producing a “functional model.” A “functional model” is a structure that represents the functions, the activities and the processes inside the system or in the area of interest.

  • IDEF1 is used for producing a “information model” that represents the structure and the semantics of the information in the area of interest.

  • IDEF2 is used for producing “dynamic model.” A dynamic model represents the varying behavior in the time of the system.

Among these three levels, the first one (IDEF0) is mostly used, and it is probably the reason for which often the terminology IDEF or IDEF0 it is used for pointing out the same thing.

IDEF0 is not limited to providing only for the primitive types of modeling, but also possible methodologies with which to be able to conduct the activities of modeling.

The IDEF0 diagrams are organized into a hierarchical structure, or rather, the sketches are refined for following levels.

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Dedication
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
Table of Contents
Foreword
Paolo Paolini
Acknowledgment
Roberto Paiano
Chapter 1
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
The analysis of the business processes, realized through visits and interviews to the employees, must necessarily aim to provide for visibility to a... Sample PDF
Evolution of Business Process Notation
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Chapter 2
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
In this chapter, the main methodologies of Web application design established into the international scientific panorama are presented. Each of... Sample PDF
Web Information System Design Methodologies Overview
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Chapter 3
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
IDM provides also a good organization of pages with PIDM that, producing different views, allows focusing on different design aspects. IDM inherits... Sample PDF
Details About IDM Web Application Design Methodology
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Chapter 4
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
It is now clear that a careful initial phase of design, above all that it concerns for the complex Web information systems, it is essential to... Sample PDF
A Brief Introduction to Ontology
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Chapter 5
The Design Vision  (pages 106-130)
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
From the considerations made in the previous chapters, it emerges that the design of the complex Web information system must consider in a separate... Sample PDF
The Design Vision
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Chapter 6
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
There are several problems to face in the definition of the methodology of design object of this chapter. In regards to the internal users of the... Sample PDF
Web Application Process-Oriented Design for External Users
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Chapter 7
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
The case of study in examination has the goal of realizing a Web application to support an operator of a tourist agency that wants to realize a... Sample PDF
A Case Study for External Users
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Chapter 8
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
As more times underlined within this book, when the application is turned to the inside, users of the company that do not need information of... Sample PDF
Web Application Process-Oriented Design for Internal Users
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Chapter 9
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
The case immediately introduces it as a case strongly oriented to the logic of process and for which the operator, which in this context operates by... Sample PDF
Case Study for Internal Users
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Chapter 10
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
Surely, the design phase is one of the most important in the whole information system life cycle. The design phase allows realizing of the... Sample PDF
From the Model to the Code Generator
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Chapter 11
Technological Choices  (pages 233-252)
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
Referring back to how much was described in the preceding chapters, we introduce in this chapter the technological choices made up in order to... Sample PDF
Technological Choices
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Chapter 12
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
As it will be clearer subsequently, two different technologies will be used for realizing the generation of the code; the first one predominantly... Sample PDF
Tool to Support the Design Methdology: A Configurable Editor
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Code Generators  (pages 287-310)
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
In this chapter, the design and the development of the code generating tools based on the technologies (described in Chapter XI) are presented. In... Sample PDF
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Case Studies  (pages 311-352)
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
This chapter presents the detailed output of the two code generators showed in the previous chapter. For the first code generator software, the main... Sample PDF
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Chapter 15
Conclusions  (pages 323-358)
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
In this chapter, we briefly summarize the results achieved in this book, and we will provide some indications on possible future developments. In... Sample PDF
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