Using collaborative business process models for the configuration of distributed workflow environments

Dirk Werth; Jörg Ziemann; Philipp Walter; Peter Loos
In: M. Goedicke; M. Heisel; S. Hunold; S. Kühne; M. Riebisch; N. Streekmann (Hrsg.). Modellgetriebene Softwarearchitektur - Evolution, Integration und Migration. Software-Engineering-Conference (SE-08), February 21-22, München, Germany, 2008.


In order to realize collaborative value generation, it is necessary to define and implement collaborative business processes. Models have been proved in practice as an adequate instrument to fulfil this task and consequently models of such processes can be used to plan and steer collaborative business. This paper proposes a model based configuration of distributed workflows based on conceptual business process models. An outside-in approach is followed, where the overall collaboration is first defined conceptually but allows for a de-central implementation. The concept of developing the necessary conceptual model parts and distributed implementation was prototypically implemented using peer-to-peer and workflow technologies.

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