The topic of this book is the gaps and tensions between the realms of business process modeling, workflow definition and application programming - see Fig. 1.1. The goal is to eventually realize fully integrated executable business process specification. In order to approach this goal, first the gaps and tensions between these three fields must be carefully analyzed. We clearly have a software engineering viewpoint on business processes, as you might guess from our choice of terminology in Fig. 1.1, i.e., business process modeling in favor of business process engineering, workflow definition in favor of the currently widely used term business process management, and application programming instead of enterprise applications. This means we have a focus on notation and its semantics.
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