Journal: Enterprise Information Systems
Verlag: Taylor & Francis Online
Volume: DOI: 10.1080/17517575.2013.857792
The use of business process models has become prevalent in a wide area of enterprise applications. But while their popularity is expanding, concerns are growing with respect to their proper creation and maintenance. An obvious way to boost the efficiency of creating high-quality business process models would be to re-use relevant parts of existing models. At this point, however, limited support exists to guide process modelers towards the usage of appropriate model content. In this paper, a set of content-oriented patterns is presented, which are extracted from a large set of process models from the order management and manufacturing production domains. The patterns are derived using a newly proposed set of algorithms, which are being discussed in this paper. The authors demonstrate how such Domain Process Patterns, in combination with information on their historic usage, can support process modelers in generating new models. To support the wider dissemination and development of Domain Process Patterns within and beyond the studied domains, an accompanying website has been set up.