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Automatic Control of Workflow Processes using ECA Rules

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Authors
Bae, Joonsoo; Bae, Hyerim; Kang, Suk-Ho; Kim, Yeongho
Issue Date
2004-08
Publisher
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Citation
IEEE Trans. Knowledge and Data Eng., vol. 16, no. 8, pp. 1010-1023, Aug. 2004
Keywords
Workflow managementECA rulesactive databasebusiness process
Abstract
Changes in recent business environments have created the necessity for a more efficient and effective business process
management. The workflow management system is software that assists in defining business processes as well as automatically
controlling the execution of the processes. This paper proposes a new approach to the automatic execution of business processes
using Event-Condition-Action (ECA) rules that can be automatically triggered by an active database. First of all, we propose the
concept of blocks that can classify process flows into several patterns. A block is a minimal unit that can specify the behaviors
represented in a process model. An algorithm is developed to detect blocks from a process definition network and transform it into a
hierarchical tree model. The behaviors in each block type are modeled using ACTA formalism. This provides a theoretical basis from
which ECA rules are identified. The proposed ECA rule-based approach shows that it is possible to execute the workflow using the
active capability of database without users’ intervention. The operation of the proposed methods is illustrated through an example
process.
ISSN
1041-4347
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/7575
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1109/TKDE.2004.20
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