Title: A new approach for workflow evolution using MDA technology

Authors: Berraouna Abdelkader; Amirat Abdelkrim; Meslati Djamel

Addresses: Department of Information Technology, University Badji Mokhtar-Annaba, Algeria; University of Chérif Messaadia Souk Ahras, BP 12, 23000, Annaba, Algeria ' Computer Science Department, Mohamed Cherif Messaadia University, Souk Ahras, BP 1553, Souk Ahras, 41000, Algeria ' LISCO Laboratory, Computer Science Department, Badji Mokhtar University, BP 12, 23000, Annaba, Algeria

Abstract: Most companies, independently of their sizes and activities types, do not provide sufficient adaptability and evolution of their workflow needed to deal with changes in business agreements and organisation methods. In this paper, we treat the adaptability and evolution of workflow based on MDA technology. And we present our new approach for workflow evolution at the design-time, in this approach, the workflow model is described by a specification at a very high level of abstraction using meta-model concepts. The workflow model can be evolved by the workflow designer using model evolution operations. The evolution of models can be managed in different ways. The designers can refine the workflow model according to the evolution scenario proposed by the company manager. In this work, we have developed endogenous rules in ATL which allow the transformation and evolution of workflow model, and among these rules, we have used the endogenous transformation model that affects models expressed in the same language.

Keywords: meta-model; workflow; e-commerce business; dynamic evolution MDA; flexibility; Atlas Transformation Language; ATL.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIIDS.2019.104541

International Journal of Intelligent Information and Database Systems, 2019 Vol.12 No.4, pp.304 - 334

Received: 04 Oct 2018
Accepted: 02 Aug 2019

Published online: 15 Jan 2020 *

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