JUCS - Journal of Universal Computer Science 27(7): 693-713, doi: 10.3897/jucs.70978
A Formal Model for Configurable Business Process with Optimal Cloud Resource Allocation
expand article infoAbderrahim Ait Wakrime, Souha Boubaker§, Slim Kallel|, Emna Guermazi, Walid Gaaloul§
‡ Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco, Rabat, Morocco§ Samovar, Télécom SudParis, Institut Polytechnique de Paris, Paris, France| ReDCAD, University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia¶ University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia
Open Access

In today’s competitive business environments, organizations increasingly need to model and deploy flexible and cost effective business processes. In this context, configurable process models are used to offer flexibility by representing process variants in a generic manner. Hence, the behavior of similar variants is grouped in a single model holding configurable elements. Such elements are then customized and configured depending on specific needs. However, the decision to configure an element may be incorrect leading to critical behavioral errors. Recently, process configuration has been extended to include Cloud resources allocation, to meet the need of business scalability by allowing access to on-demand IT resources. In this work, we propose a formal model based on propositional satisfiability formula allowing to find correct elements configuration including resources allocation ones. In addition, we propose to select optimal con- figurations based on Cloud resources cost. This approach allows to provide the designers with correct and cost-effective configuration decisions.

Configurable Business Process, Formal Methods, Cloud Resources, Propositional Satisfiability