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OUML: A Language to Map Observed Usages to BPML

OUML: A Language to Map Observed Usages to BPML
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Author(s): Jean-Mathias Heraud (LeBourget du Lac, France), Laure France (LeBourget du Lac, France) and Joseph Heili (LeBourget du Lac, France)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 2
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch183
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361


Business Process Management (BPM) has widely spread out recently. More and more companies use systems based on BPM [7]. One of the main reasons of this enthusiasm for the BPM is the possibility to improve a process [6] by recording the process progress in order to perform optimizations in the process definition/implementation [8]. However, the process progress recording is unfortunately an approach too limited to help the process reengineering. We thus propose an approach that consists of separating the usage collect and the process progress first, and then, of linking these elements thanks to a description language of usages: OUML (Observed Usage Modeling Language). This approach, coupled to a matching system, allows us to go beyond these limits. The paper is organized as follows: We show in section 2 the limits of the process progress recording to help the process reengineering. Then, we propose in section 3 our approach of the collect, and then, in section 4, we present OUML (Observed Usage Modeling Language), our description language of usages. In section 5, we discuss this approach. Finally, we show in the discussion the potentialities of our approach for the process reengineering.

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