An Approach to Multifaceted Business Process Modeling with Model Transformation Tools
Abstract: The approach to models generation automation and implementation of multifaceted business process modeling on the basis of graphical model transformation is described. To create graphical models of diverse notations (diagrams in notations of visual modeling languages) one can exploit visual modeling software tools and language workbenches, DSM platforms. Domain specific modeling tools allow simplifying model design process, to involve domain experts (they are not masters of information technologies and have not programming skills) to formal model development. Newly-created models can be converted into simulation models or specific analytical models with the model transformation tools. Therefore, at new task solving process with modeling tools modelers have not to duplicate model development with new tools in new language notation. Model designers can use most suitable tools and most expressive languages for models development in their domain to solve their tasks. Obtained models after transformation can be examined with means of specific simulation modeling systems including, for instance, AnyLogic, or with mathematical software packages such as Mathcad, Maple or Mathematica. The visual business process modeling notation choice is substantiated. Mathematical model named DFD-graph is used as mathematical basis of model generation tools. The normalization rules form the backbone to the DFD business process model normalization. This algorithm is the basis of automating model generation software implementation. Keywords: business process modeling, visual modeling languages, business process analysis, mathematical modeling, model development automation, model transformations, model reusing. ACM Classification Keywords: D.2 SOFTWARE ENGINEERING: D.2.2 Design Tools and Techniques – Computer-aided software engineering (CASE), Programmer workbench; D.2.13 Reusable Software – Domain engineering, Reuse models. I.6 SIMULATION AND MODELING: I.6.2 Simulation Languages; I.6.3 Applications; I.6.4 Model Validation and Analysis; I.6.5 Model Development. G.4 MATHEMATICAL SOFTWARE: Algorithm design and analysis, User interfaces.