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Document Based Customization and Adaptation of Process

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113736D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 91K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bandat, K: AUTHOR

Abstract

Described is a method to use business languages for process customization.

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Document Based Customization and Adaptation of Process

      Described is a method to use business languages for process
customization.

      Business processes like Application Development, Insurance
Claim processing, Computer Integrated Manufacturing or ISO9000
Process Compliance, in many environments follow certain standard
process definitions which are adapted for specific instances of
actually running the process for a specific task or project.

      The problem to be addressed by the concepts in the current
invention disclosure is the adaptation of such processes in a
business oriented terminology for a specific instance of execution.

      All the processes considered here are guided in their execution
by software and hardware process managers in data processing
equipments.  For this purpose the processes are described in a
computer-interpretable language or terminolgy which is more or less
different from the way a business-oriented person would talk about
such a process.  As a consequence the adapting and customization of a
process would require that the person who has to perform this task
has to familiarize himself with the data processing oriented
terminology of the process definition.

      The concepts introduced here avoid this by offering the
possiblity to describe the adaptation and customization decisions for
a process completely in the very same documentation which is used to
describe the process in business-oriented terminolgy.  In the
following, several steps in supporting such a concept are described:
  1.  The process must internally to the SW/HW system be described in
      such a way, that various navigation decisions during process
      execution can be controlled by externally provided control
data.
      Particularly suited are modular descriptions of a process as a
      hierarchical tree of process elements ar activities, branching
at
      split points.  For each split point, where multiple branches
can
      lead to multiple successor activities, externally provided data
      can control which of the branches are selected for a specific
      execution of the process.  In a similar way, activities from
      different branches can join into one common successor activity.
      Again external data can control which of the branches have to
be
      completed before the start of the activity after the join.
Such
      a schema in fact represents an activity graph, with
controllable
      split and join nodes.
  2.  Together with a process definition in machine-interpretable
form,
      a corresponding document must exist that represents a mirror
      image of the logical structure of th...