Towards the Interchange of Fuzzy-EPCs: An XML-based Approach for Fuzzy Business Process Engineering

Thorsten Dollmann, Oliver Thomas

In: Martin Bichler, Thomas Hess, Helmut Krcmar, Ulrike Lechner, Florian Mattes, Arnold Picot, Benjamin Speitkamp, Petra Wolf (Hrsg.). Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik. Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI-2008) February 26-28 München Germany Seiten 1999-2010 GITO-Verl. 2/2008.


Recent research has led to proposals for the integration of fuzzy based information and decision rules in business process models with use of concepts based on the fuzzy set theory. While the proposed Fuzzy EPCs provide an adequate method for conceptual representation of fuzzy business process models, the issue of exchanging and transforming such models, together with its enclosed executable components, with other dedicated information systems such as workflow management systems and fuzzy modeling tools has not been approached yet. As a first step in this direction, this paper proposes a machine-readable Fuzzy- EPC representation in XML based on the EPC Markup Language (EPML). We start with the formal Fuzzy-EPC syntax definition and introduce our extensions to EPML. At the same time, we highlight future application areas of the Fuzzy-EPC schema.


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