Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Transactional Processes

  • Heiko SchuldtEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_734


Transactional business processes; Transactional workflows


A transactional process is a partially ordered sequence of activities which is executed in a way that guarantees transactional consistency for all activities or a subset of them. Activities can be either transactional (e.g., they are again transactional processes or conventional database transactions) or non-transactional (e.g., invocations of application services). Activities are ordered by means of control flow and data flow dependencies.

Key Points

In most cases, transactional consistency for processes focuses on notions of atomicity which go beyond the “all-or-nothing” semantics of ACID database transactions. This is done by supporting a process designer in explicitly specifying how consistency has to be achieved. Models for transactional processes include support for failure handling which can either be integrated into control flow dependencies (i.e., distinguishing between regular execution and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Databases and Information Systems Research GroupUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Panos K. Chrysanthis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA