Title: A methodology for domain-specific business process modelling and implementation

Authors: Steen Brahe, Behzad Bordbar

Addresses: Danske Bank, Holmens Kanal 2-12, 1092 Copenhagen K, Denmark. ' School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

Abstract: Design and implementation of a business process in an enterprise often requires three groups of experts: business analysts, solution architects and developers. They collaborate to transform a high-level business process to a final executable system based on e.g. BPEL. Since enterprises often utilise their own domain concepts and use technologies in their own specific ways, standard modelling notations and transformations are insufficient. In this paper, we present a methodology to support and semi-automate the transformation of models into an implementation. It advocates the use of a set of domain-specific modelling languages explicitly designed for an enterprise where each language is tailored for the use of one of the three groups of experts. This enables creation of precise and machine-readable models by using domain concepts familiar to the experts. Further, the domain knowledge required for transforming models from one language to another is captured as reusable transformation patterns.

Keywords: model driven development; MDD; domain-specific modelling languages; DSML; transformations; patterns; business process management; service composition; SOA; BPEL; business process modelling; business process implementation; service oriented architecture.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBPIM.2009.026982

International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, 2009 Vol.4 No.1, pp.5 - 17

Published online: 12 Jul 2009 *

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