Volume 7 : Number 2 : Paper 5

December 2004 Special Issue of Best Papers presented at CLEI2003, La Paz, Bolivia. Guest Editors: Dr. Jose Carlos Maldonado (ICMC-USP, Brazil), Dr. Cesar Ibarra Guerrero (Bolivia), Dr. Adenilso da Silva Simao
A Component-based Product Line for Workflow Management Systems

Authors and Affiliations:
Itana Maria de Souza Gimenes, Universidade Estadual de Maring
Fabrício Ricardo Lazilha, Centro Universit
Edson Alves de Oliveira Junior, Universidade Estadual de Maring
Leonor Barroca, The Open University Department of Computing Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, England

This paper presents a component-based product line for workflow management
systems. The process followed to design the product line was based on the
Catalysis method. Extensions were made to represent variability across the
process. The domain of workflow management systems has been shown to be
appropriate to the application of the product line approach as there are a
standard architecture and models established by a regulatory board, the
Workflow Management Coalition. In addition, there is a demand for similar
workflow management systems but with some different features. The product line
architecture was evaluated with Rapide simulation tools. The evaluation was
based on selected scenarios, thus, avoiding implementation issues. The
strategy that has been used to populate the architecture and experiment with
the product line is shown. In particular, the design of the workflow execution
manager component is described.

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