Integrating Entity and Role Viewpoints in Business Processes

Integrating Entity and Role Viewpoints in Business Processes

Giorgio Bruno (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch502
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Background

The notion of PAIS, which advocates a tighter integration between the areas of information systems and business processes, has brought about several lines of research whose leitmotiv is the shift from the centralized perspective to the data-centric one.

While in the centralized perspective the emphasis is placed on the activities and the control flow, what is important from the data-centric point of view is the discovery of the key business entities along with their life cycles.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Task: A unit of work in the system.

Performer: For a given task, the user in charge of performing it.

Data Selection: A situation in which a performer has to select the input data before performing the task.

To-Do List: A list of pending tasks for a certain performer. By clicking on an entry, he/she can perform the specific work related to the task.

Business Process: A standard way of organizing work in a business context. It consists of a number of process actions to be performed by a process engine.

Task Selection: A situation in which a performer may operate on the same input data with a number of alternative tasks.

Data Flow: The information items used and produced by the tasks.

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