Title: A framework for evaluating migration strategies of evolving business processes

Authors: Ali Khebizi; Hassina Seridi-Bouchelaghem

Addresses: Department of Computer Science, LabSTIC Laboratory, 8 May 1945 University, P.O. Box 401, 24000 Guelma, Algeria ' LabGed Laboratory, Badji Mokhtar University, P.O Box 23000, Annaba, Algeria

Abstract: In the dynamic business process evolution context, the problem of managing active instances migration has been addressed from different perspectives and the research literature exhibits a panoply of instances migration strategies. But, it's observed that there is no widely-accepted benchmark to evaluate the proposed strategies. As a result, it can be difficult for a protocol manager to select the suitable migration strategy for a given evolution scenario. To address this challenge, we propose a comprehensive framework and we provide computational models for evaluating and comparing migration strategies intended to handle impact of business processes changes. In our approach, selecting the best migration strategy is perceived as an optimisation problem for which a migration cost model is suggested and an associated objective function is formalised. The proposed framework can be used by business processes managers to efficiently choose the most adequate migration strategy for a given evolution context.

Keywords: business processes; dynamic evolution; change impact; migration strategy; migration cost; objective function.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBPIM.2020.117156

International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, 2020 Vol.10 No.2, pp.87 - 103

Received: 13 Jan 2020
Accepted: 20 Jun 2020

Published online: 19 Aug 2021 *

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