EXPRESSING BUSINESS RULES IN BPMN

Li Peng, Hang Li

Abstract

The Business Process Modelling Notation is a graph-oriented language for executable business processes. Business rules describe fundamental constraints on a system’s transactions. Changes of business rules bring high impact on business processes. It is important for these rules to be represented explicitly, and to be automatically applicable. However, business rules are expressed in a markedly different way than business processes, it can be challenging to integrate them in a model. In this paper, we propose an approach for expressing business rules in BPMN. The key idea is that business rules are operationalized by BPMN subprocesses. This method can improve requirements traceability in process design, as well as minimize the efforts of system changes due to the changes of business rules.

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Peng L. and Li H. (2008). EXPRESSING BUSINESS RULES IN BPMN . In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 3: ICEIS, ISBN 978-989-8111-38-8, pages 266-270. DOI: 10.5220/0001700702660270


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@conference{iceis08,
author={Li Peng and Hang Li},
title={EXPRESSING BUSINESS RULES IN BPMN},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 3: ICEIS,},
year={2008},
pages={266-270},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001700702660270},
isbn={978-989-8111-38-8},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 3: ICEIS,
TI - EXPRESSING BUSINESS RULES IN BPMN
SN - 978-989-8111-38-8
AU - Peng L.
AU - Li H.
PY - 2008
SP - 266
EP - 270
DO - 10.5220/0001700702660270