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UML Design Patterns for Business Processes

UML Design Patterns for Business Processes
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Author(s): Peter Rittgen (Technical University Darmstadt, Germany)and Klaus Turowski (University of Augsburg, Germany)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 3
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch179
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


Today, modeling business processes and modeling software is done using different notations that are designed to fit to the special needs of the respective tasks. However, this fact results in a painful methodological gap between business models and software models, which is hard to bridge. This problem becomes even more painful if we try to build software to support certain business models as a smooth transition between the employed notations is mostly not supported or – due to methodological problems – impossible. In order to allow for a smoother transition we propose using Unified Modeling Language (UML) activity diagrams in both worlds. We show how this is done by deriving the transition of important (business) process patterns from Event-driven Process Chains (EPC) to UML activity diagrams.

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