How to get different descriptions for same Business Process in Rational System Architect

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Question

How do you re-use a single Business Process symbol in multiple Business Process Diagrams and have different descriptions in IBM Rational System Architect?

Cause

You would like to re-use the Business Process symbol instead of creating a new one

Answer

In order to re-use a single Business Process symbol in multiple Business Process Diagrams you will need to customize the metamodel of a Business Process diagram and corresponding Business Process definition.

You will need to use custom keyword TestProc and TestPropertyValue. and make the following changes to the metamodel:

  1. Create a list containing Business Process diagrams in which Business Process symbol will be re-used

  2. Use the keyword TestProc and TestPropertyValue. in the BPMN Process Definition so that for each value of a Business Process Diagram, there is a different description mentioned as shown in the sample USRPROPS snippet below


    List "Business Process"
    {
    Value "Business Process1"
    Value "Business Process2"
    Value "Business Process3"
    }


    DIAGRAM "Business Process"
    {
    PROPERTY "Business Process" {LISTONLYCOMBO LIST "Business Process" LENGTH 80 }
    }


    Definition "BPMN Process"
    {
    LAYOUT {ALIGN OVER}

    CHAPTER "Introduction"
    PROPERTY "Description" {ZOOMABLE EDIT TEXT LENGTH 4074 LINES 15 INVISIBLE }

    CHAPTER "Description (Business Process1)"
    {
    Testproc TestPropertyValue testproperty "Business Process" teststring { "Business Process1" }
    }

    PROPERTY "Description1"{ZOOMABLE EDIT TEXT LENGTH 4074 LINES 15}

    CHAPTER "Description (Business Process2)"

    {Testproc TestPropertyValue testproperty "Business Process" teststring { "Business Process2" } }

    PROPERTY "Description2"{ZOOMABLE EDIT TEXT LENGTH 4074 LINES 15}

    CHAPTER "Decsription (Business Process3)"

    {Testproc TestPropertyValue testproperty "Business Process" teststring { "Business Process3" } }

    PROPERTY "Description3"{ZOOMABLE EDIT TEXT LENGTH 4074 LINES 15}
    }



    Note:
    The above solution is similar to the one present in an existing Entity Relation Diagram where based on a DBMS, different Entity Definition Properties are displayed.

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General Information

Software version:

11.3, 11.3.1, 11.3.1.1, 11.3.1.2, 11.4

Operating system(s):

Windows

Reference #:

1445236

Modified date:

2012-12-31

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