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Business Process Diagrams: An UML Extension

Business Process Diagrams: An UML Extension
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Author(s): Peter Rittgen (TU Darmstadt, Germany)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 4
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch142
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330


Although UML offers models that can be used to describe business processes, many practitioners nevertheless prefer to employ languages that are specifically designed for this purpose. These business process languages typically provide only a weak integration with software modeling languages such as UML. To enhance the support of software development we therefore suggest to extend UML’s activity diagrams with a business process semantics which leads us to Business Process Diagrams (BPDs). We show how to derive BPDs from the well-known business process language of Event-driven Process Chains (EPCs). We use Petri nets as a common formal process meta model for both.

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