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Workflows in UML

Workflows in UML
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Author(s): Peter Rittgen (University College of BorĂ¥s, Sweden)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 4
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch191
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347


UML Activity Diagrams have been studied thoroughly regarding their usefulness for the modeling of business processes and workflows. Different extensions have been suggested that focus on either business processes or workflows. While having the advantage of supporting the respective process type optimally these approaches provide only a weak support of the automation of business processes, i.e. of the transformation of suitable parts of business processes into workflows. Here we introduce WorkFlow Diagrams as an incremental extension of Business Process Diagrams. Both diagram types are based on Activity Diagrams and each serves the specific needs of its application area. But due to the incremental extension we can also support the development of workflows based on the respective business process models.

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