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Scenario-driven Adaptation of User Interface Clients

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000186259D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Aug-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Aug-14
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In a model driven approach a wizard/generator/transformation is applied to a user model for generalized roles and scenarios in Human-centric Business Process Management (HcBPM) and the model relationships of a set of user interaction patterns in HcBPM with related user interface (UI) artefacts. The user (developer) can create or adapt all relevant UI artefacts (UI pages, UI components, etc.) that form the UI client for an HcBPM solution by selecting the scenario context (user roles and applicable user interaction patterns) in addition to the applicable HcBPM solution (business processes, human tasks, business rules).

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Scenario-driven Adaptation of User Interface Clients

More and more business solutions are modeled and developed using Business Process Management (BPM) offerings. In Human-centric Business Process Management (HcBPM) the effective interaction of the people involved in the business solution is a key success factor. An HcBPM solution includes business processes and human tasks and often further artefacts such as business rules and other business services. A further artefact is the user interface (UI) client that enables the people to actually interact with the other artefacts to successfully "perform" the HcBPM solutions.

The idea introduced here reduces the effort of building and adapting the UI client for an HCBPM solution.

One or more UI clients need to be built and adapted as part of one or more HcBPM solutions. These user interfaces can be realized by traditional UI development or as a "composite application" by composition of reusable UI parts - either provided with a BPM offering, through business partners or developed by customers themselves. Composite applications significantly reduce the effort of building and adapting UI clients for HcBPM solutions.

This approach still requires people to have "developer" skills to understand the concepts of reusable UI parts, their configuration, composition and interaction as well as the effort of translating customer scenarios into a concrete set of UI parts, their specific composition and interaction. This also inhibits scenarios where business users with minimal skills could be empowered to compose such UI clients themselves.

In a model driven approach a wizard/generator/transformation is applied to a user model for generalized roles and scenarios in HcBPM and the model relationships of a set of user interaction patterns in HcBPM with related user interface (UI) artefacts. The user (developer) can create or adapt all relevant UI artefacts (UI pages, UI components, etc.) that form the UI client for an HcBPM solution by selecting the scenario context (user roles and applicable user interaction patte...

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