Metrics for BPEL Process Reusability Analysis in a Workflow System

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Khoshkbarforoushha, Alireza, Jamshidi, Pooyan, Gholami, Mahdi Fahmideh, Wang, Lizhe and Ranjan, Rajiv. 2016. "Metrics for BPEL Process Reusability Analysis in a Workflow System." IEEE Systems Journal. 10 (1), pp. 36-45. https://doi.org/10.1109/JSYST.2014.2317310
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Metrics for BPEL Process Reusability Analysis in a Workflow System

ERA Journal ID200607
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsKhoshkbarforoushha, Alireza, Jamshidi, Pooyan, Gholami, Mahdi Fahmideh, Wang, Lizhe and Ranjan, Rajiv
Journal TitleIEEE Systems Journal
Journal Citation10 (1), pp. 36-45
Number of Pages10
YearMar 2016
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN1932-8184
1937-9234
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1109/JSYST.2014.2317310
Web Address (URL)https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/6810830
Abstract

This paper proposes a quantitative metric to analyze potential reusability of a Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) process. The approach is based on the description and logic mismatch probability of a BPEL process that will be reused within potential contexts. The mismatch probabilities have been consolidated to a metric formula for quantifying the probability of potential reuse of BPEL processes. An initial empirical evaluation suggests that the proposed metric properly predicts potential reusability of BPEL processes. According to the experiment, there exists a significant statistical correlation between the results of the metric and the experts' judgments. This indicates predictive dependence between the proposed metric and the potential reusability of BPEL processes as a measuring stick for this phenomenon. If future studies ascertain these findings by replicating this experiment, the practical implications of such a metric are early detection of the design flaws and aiding architects to judge various design alternatives.

KeywordsBusiness process execution language (BPEL) process reusability; composite service; service-oriented architecture (SOA) metric; service reusability analysis
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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
Dublin City University, Ireland
University of New South Wales
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
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