Simulating Business Process Scenarios for Event-Based Systems

J. Schiefer,H. Roth, M. Suntinger, A. Schatten:
"Simulating Business Process Scenarios for Event-Based Systems";
Vortrag: 15th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2007), St. Gallen; 07.06.2007 - 09.06.2007; in:"Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS)", University of St. Gallen, (2007), S. 1729 - 1740.

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Abstract:


Today┬┤s networked business environment requires systems which are adaptive and easy to integrate.
Event-based systems have been developed and used to control business processes with loosely coupled
systems. Research and product development focused so far on efficiency issues, but neglected
simulation support to build robust and efficient event-driven applications. In this paper, we propose a
simulation model that allows imitating real-world operations of business processes in order to
improve efficiency and effectiveness of event-based systems. Our approach uses discrete event-
simulation and a graphical model for defining event sequences for business process scenarios. For
better handling the complexity and variability of business processes, we use a hybrid simulation
approach, which is able to combine various ways to compose event sequences and generate
representative event data. As an example, we show how annotated WS-BPEL process descriptions can
be used to automatically generate event sequences representing typical process execution paths for
simulation purposes.