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Process Versioning via Deployment Descriptors

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033300D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Dec-06
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Dec-06

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Workflow management systems manage the execution of business processes. During deployment or execution of a business process, port types are assigned to ports of a Web Service. It is suggested to support versioning for this assignment via the deployment descriptor. By specifying time frames for the assignment of port type to ports, one achieves a high flexibility in versioning of business processes. Furthermore, one can imagine different levels on time-stamp based versioning, such as on the deployment descriptor level, the scope level, the individual port type level, or activity level.