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A System to Generate Business Process Template Using Extended Sequential Pattern Mining

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000144721D
Original Publication Date: 2007-Jan-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2007-Jan-05
Document File: 8 page(s) / 254K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Business process design plays an important role for the successful business transformation in the early stage, which help organizations and enterprises to identify the cost factors and improve the efficiency of their businesses. With the increased requirements in the emerging market on business transformation, the business process design requires powerful supporting tools to facilitate this task as well as to enable the accumulated knowledge reuse from a wide range of existing cases. Currently, there are many modeling tools to help the business analysts to do the business process design. These tools provide analysts the automated ability for creating the business process models with high efficiency. However, the reuse of large numbers of existing designs is not enabled through an automatic way in these existing modeling tools. Moreover, in practices, even the manually constructed reusable common models or frameworks still do not provide the explicit customization ability which is an urgent requirement for the wide market with much diversity. As a result, there is a great concern need to be addressed for business process design to generate the reusable business process templates for specific domains from the accumulated experiences within them as well as combining with the configurability catering for the varied of future usage scenarios.The basic idea of our invention is employing the sequential pattern mining technology to analyze the existing business process models to generate the common sequences of these models. These common sequences can be seen as the initial templates which can be reused to some extent. Actually, the common sequences acquired through the sequential pattern mining technology hold the partial-order property. We further employ this property of the initial templates to acquire the variable parts for configuration in the future usages. The system can generate the reusable business process template automatically. The generated reusable business process templates can provide the configurability. The precision will increase with the gradual accumulation of existing process models systematically.

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A System to Generate Business Process Template Using Extended Sequential Pattern Mining

1. Background: What is the problem solved by your invention? Describe known solutions to this problem (if any). What are the drawbacks of such known solutions, or why is an additional solution required? Cite any relevant technical documents or references.

1.1 problem

Business process design plays an important role for the successful business transformation in the early stage, which help organizations and enterprises to identify the cost factors and improve the efficiency of their businesses. A business process is the flow or progression of activities - each of which represents the work of a person, an internal system, or the process of a partner company - toward some business goal. However, business process design is an expensive and time-consuming task, especially for a new business analyst.

Experienced business analysts, holding the rich experiences and professional expertise, can perform the business process design more efficiently than those without such knowledge. Their experiences and skills may be shared through casual and informal communication with their colleagues to facilitate the analysis tasks performed by the inexperienced ones. Nevertheless, it can be seen obviously that the cost-effective business process design still heavily depends on the individual's expertise and experiences on one side and on the other said the knowledge reuse is not performed under a systematic way although it exists widely in practice.

Another well-known approach to facilitate business process design is to summarize and formalize the best practices firstly and leverage and apply them in the future. This is a widely-accepted way in industry for sharing and reusing the accumulated experiences and knowledge. However, the best practices are summarized and formalized through the manual way and they are normally fairly fixed for exactly conforming to the originally occurred case. As a result, the best practice approach is still heavily human-intensive and not flexible enough to adapt to the large number of future applied scenarios.

With the increased requirements in the emerging market on business transformation, the business process design requires powerful supporting tools to facilitate this task as well as to enable the accumulated knowledge reuse from a wide range of existing cases. Currently, there are many modeling tools to help the business analysts to do the business process design. These tools provide analysts the automated ability for creating the business process models with high efficiency. However, the reuse of large numbers of existing designs is not enabled through an automatic way in these existing modeling tools. Moreover, in practices, even the manually constructed reusable common models or frameworks still do not provide th...