rBPM 2009 Keynote

Fostering Reuse in the Business Process Lifecycle: Challenges, Methods, Technologies
Manfred Reichert

Invited Keynote
1st Int'l Workshop on Reuse in Business Process Management (rBPM'09),
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, 13 September 2010


During the last years there has been an increasing adoption of business process management (BPM) technologies by enterprises. These enable the definition, execution, monitoring and evolution of the operational processes of an enterprise. In connection with Web service technology, in addition, the benefits of business processes automation within a single enterprise have been transferred to cross-organizational business processes as well. Meanwhile a new generation of BPM software has emerged, which provides integrated process lifecycle support and enables enterprises to rapidly set up business processes and to quickly adapt existing ones to changes in their environment. Due to this development enterprises are confronted with a growing number of different kinds of artifacts pertaining to business processes and the information systems supporting them. These artifacts include process models, process fragments, application services, execution logs, application data, and change logs. Process artifacts may emerge in different phases of the process lifecycle, consist of different variants, provide the basis for operational process support, or be subject of advanced analyses and use cases. A fundamental challenge of any process-aware information system (PAIS), therefore, is to manage them in an efficient and effective way. Amongst others this necessitates pro-found repository services for storing, querying, analyzing, mining and reusing process artifacts.
This keynote focuses on some of the major challenges posed by the intelligent (re-)use of process artifacts in the different phases of the process lifecycle. We discuss characteristic reuse scenarios (e.g., reuse of process models, application services or process changes), present advanced concepts for supporting them, and illustrate their application along characteristic process examples. In this context we consider profound techniques for configuring, refactoring, adapting and evolving process models, for managing and mining process model variants, and for enabling PAIS designers to implement processes in a “plug & play”-like fashion based on reusable and customizable process models and application services respectively. 


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