Journal of Systems Integration, Vol 2, No 1 (2011)

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Process Fragment Libraries for Easier and Faster Development of Process-based Applications

David Schumm, Dimka Karastoyanova, Oliver Kopp, Frank Leymann, Mirko Sonntag, Steve Strauch


The term “process fragment” is recently gaining momentum in business process management research. We understand a process fragment as a connected and reusable process structure, which has relaxed completeness and consistency criteria compared to executable processes. We claim that process fragments allow for an easier and faster development of process-based applications. As evidence to this claim we present a process fragment concept and show a sample collection of concrete, real-world process fragments. We present advanced application scenarios for using such fragments in development of process-based applications. Process fragments are typically managed in a repository, forming a process fragment library. On top of a process fragment library from previous work, we discuss the potential impact of using process fragment libraries in cross-enterprise collaboration and application integration.

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ISSN: 1804-2724

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