5th International ICST Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications, Worksharing

Research Article

Collaborative process modeling and reuse evaluation

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.COLLABORATECOM2009.8365 ,
        author={Luiz F. C. Tomaz and Jos\^{e} A. Rodrigues Nt and Geraldo B. Xex\^{e}o and Jano M. Souza},
        title={Collaborative process modeling and reuse evaluation},
        proceedings={5th International ICST Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications, Worksharing},
        proceedings_a={COLLABORATECOM},
        year={2009},
        month={12},
        keywords={Process Modeling Business Process Management Computer Supported Cooperative Work P2P Reuse},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.COLLABORATECOM2009.8365 }
    }
    
  • Luiz F. C. Tomaz
    José A. Rodrigues Nt
    Geraldo B. Xexéo
    Jano M. Souza
    Year: 2009
    Collaborative process modeling and reuse evaluation
    COLLABORATECOM
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.COLLABORATECOM2009.8365
Luiz F. C. Tomaz1,*, José A. Rodrigues Nt1,*, Geraldo B. Xexéo1,*, Jano M. Souza1,*
  • 1: COPPE/UFRJ, Graduate School of Engineering, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
*Contact email: luiztomaz@cos.ufrj.br, rneto@cos.ufrj.br, xexeo@cos.ufrj.br, jano@cos.ufrj.br

Abstract

Business process management systems are largely used nowadays. Process Modeling, whether for depicting new processes or for optimizing existing ones, requires knowledge and proper tools. However, most process models are created from scratch, not having reuse promoted, i.e., not considering existing knowledge. Large enterprises not using a unique integrated system, and also some of them that do, have the same business process implemented in a variety of ways, due to differences in their units, culture or environments. In this work we evaluate BPCE, a P2P tool we previously proposed as a way of collaboratively developing process models. We describe tool implementation issues, a modeling case study, a simulation conducted using the tool and the changes in the original proposal caused by those investigations. The results present evidence that such a tool can minimize the time to develop new models, reduce the differences among similar business processes conducted in distinct organization units, enhance the quality of process design and promote reuse.