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(2007) Zhu, Liming; Osterweil, Leon; Staples, Mark; Kannengiesser, UdoBook ChapterIn many modern enterprises, explicit business process definitions facilitate the pursuit of business goals in such ways as best practice reuse, process analysis, process efficiency improvement, and automation. Most real-world business processes are large and complex. Successfully capturing, analysing, and automating these processes requires process definition languages that capture a variety of process aspects with a wealth of details. Most current process modeling languages, such as Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), focus on structural control flows among activities while providing inadequate support for other process definition needs. In this paper, we first illustrate these inadequacies through our experiences with a collection of real-world reference business processes from the Australian lending industry. We observe that the most significant inadequacies include lack of resource management, exception handling, process variation, and data flow integration. These identified shortcomings led us to consider the Little-JIL language as a vehicle for defining business processes. Little-JIL addresses the afore-mentioned inadequacies with a number of innovative features. Our investigation concludes that these innovative features are effective in addressing a number of key reference business process definition needs.
(2000) Schraefel, M; Mancilla, B; Plaice, JohnBook ChapterWe discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Ted Nelson`s Transpointing Windows. Although consistent with the medieval scholastic tradition, his vision of simultaneously viewing parallel documents only allows one to relate extensions, rather than intensions. The critique concludes that the IHTML/ConTexts approach is much more interactive and allows for real-time heterogeneity. These conceptual differences lead naturally to the notion of Intensional Hypertext, which combines the strengths of the ConTexts and of Intensional Objects.
(2000) Gagne, Jean-Raymond; Paquet, J; Plaice, JohnBook Chapter