Peer-to-Peer Business Processes - Conception, Construction, ToolingIn: Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution: Research and Practice, In: 22, 6-7, John Wiley & Sons, S. 477-495
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Business processes are a core concept of modern enterprise organization. Mainly, they describe the way a company is working internally and how the added value is generated. But as today’s businesses are increasingly working in new forms, such as collaborations, cooperations, alliances etc., the single-enterprise-focused business process concept is hardly suitable. In this paper, we focus on collaborative scenarios where fully independent enterprises co-work in order to generate a common added value. For this application environment, we conceive the concept of peer-to-peer (P2P) business processes. We show that this concept requires new ways of model generation, because a traditional modeling by a group of human modellers is hard to realize in such a business environment. This new modeling approach is a module-based, industrial-kind business process construction. In order to investigate the feasibility of the construction method, we developed a software prototype that can perform an automated construction of P2P business processes. We close this paper with technical insights in this prototype to describe how it is working.