Towards Object-aware Process Management Systems: Issues, Challenges, Benefits

Künzle, Vera and Reichert, Manfred (2009) Towards Object-aware Process Management Systems: Issues, Challenges, Benefits. In: Proc. 10th Int'l Workshop on Business Process Modeling, Development, and Support (BPMDS'09), June 2008, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Contemporary workflow management systems (WfMS) offer promising perspectives in respect to comprehensive lifecycle support of business processes. However, there still exist numerous business applications with hard-coded process logic. Respective application software is both complex to design and costly to maintain. One major reason for the absence of workflow technology in these applications is the fact that many processes are data-driven; i.e., progress of process instances depends on value changes of data objects. Thus business processes and business data cannot be treated independently from each other, and business process models have to be compliant with the underlying data structure. This paper presents characteristic properties of data-oriented business software, which we gathered in several case studies, and it elaborates to what degree existing WfMS are able to provide the needed object-awareness. We show that the activity-centered paradigm of existing WfMS is too inflexible in this context, and we discuss major requirements needed to enable object-awareness in processes management systems.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Workflow Management, Object-aware Process Management Systems, Data-driven Process Execution
Subjects: DBIS Research > Publications
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Manfred Reichert
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2009 22:09
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2011 10:27

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