Agile Workflow Technology for Long-Term Processes: Enhanced by Case-Based Change Reuse

Agile Workflow Technology for Long-Term Processes: Enhanced by Case-Based Change Reuse

Mirjam Minor (University of Trier, Germany), Alexander Tartakovski (University of Trier, Germany), Daniel Schmalen (University of Trier, Germany) and Ralph Bergmann (University of Trier, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-970-0.ch014
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Abstract

The increasing dynamics of today’s work impacts the business processes. Agile workflow technology is a means for the automation of adaptable processes. However, the modification of workflows is a difficult task that is performed by human experts. This chapter discusses the novel approach of agile workflow technology for dynamic, long-term scenarios and on change reuse. First, it introduces new concepts for a workflow modelling language and enactment service, which enable an interlocked modelling and execution of workflows by means of a sophisticated suspension mechanism. Second, it provides new process-oriented methods of case-based reasoning in order to support the reuse of change experience. The results from an experimental evaluation in a real-world scenario highlight the usefulness and the practical impact of this work.

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