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A visual language and environment for enterprise system modelling and automation

Li, Lei, Grundy, John and Hosking, John 2014, A visual language and environment for enterprise system modelling and automation, Journal of visual languages and computing, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 253-277, doi: 10.1016/j.jvlc.2014.03.004.

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Title A visual language and environment for enterprise system modelling and automation
Author(s) Li, Lei
Grundy, JohnORCID iD for Grundy, John orcid.org/0000-0003-4928-7076
Hosking, John
Journal name Journal of visual languages and computing
Volume number 25
Issue number 4
Start page 253
End page 277
Total pages 25
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2014-08
ISSN 1045-926X
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Technology
Computer Science, Software Engineering
Computer Science
Business process modelling
Web service generation
Process enactment
Zoomable user interfaces
Domain-specific visual languages
Business process modelling notation
Business process execution language
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Summary Objective: We want to support enterprise service modelling and generation using a more end user-friendly metaphor than current approaches, which fail to scale to large organisations with key issues of "cobweb" and "labyrinth" problems and large numbers of hidden dependencies. Method: We present and evaluate an integrated visual approach for business process modelling using a novel tree-based overlay structure that effectively mitigate complexity problems. A tree-overlay based visual notation (EML) and its integrated support environment (MaramaEML) supplement and integrate with existing solutions. Complex business architectures are represented as service trees and business processes are modelled as process overlay sequences on the service trees. Results: MaramaEML integrates EML and BPMN to provide complementary, high-level business service modelling and supports automatic BPEL code generation from the graphical representations to realise web services implementing the specified processes. It facilitates generated service validation using an integrated LTSA checker and provides a distortion-based fisheye and zooming function to enhance complex diagram navigation. Evaluations of EML show its effectiveness. Conclusions: We have successfully developed and evaluated a novel tree-based metaphor for business process modelling and enterprise service generation. Practice implications: a more user-friendly modelling approach and support tool for business end users.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jvlc.2014.03.004
Field of Research 080309 Software Engineering
1702 Cognitive Science
0801 Artificial Intelligence And Image Processing
Socio Economic Objective 890201 Application Software Packages (excl. Computer Games)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081718

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