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Non-traditional BPM Scenarios: Submit your work to BPM'14

We, Manfred Reichert and Richard Hull, encourage you to submit papers related to non-traditional BPM scenarios to the BPM'14 conference in Haifa. In this first post, we introduce this topic area and discuss its scope.

Despite the widespread adoption of existing workflow management systems, there exist various processes currently not adequately supported by them. In practice, business processes are often unstructured or semi-structured, knowledge-intensive, and driven by user decisions, business data, or application context. Typically, these processes cannot be straightjacketed into a set of activities with pre-specified precedence relations; i.e., the primary driver for the progress of the process is not the event related to activity completion, but the availability of certain data or decisions made by users. Accordingly, a tight integration of processes, data, and users becomes necessary.

In particular, contemporary BPM tools do not provide sophisticated support for knowledge workers. Leveraging their expertise, skills, and experiences, knowledge workers daily deal with demanding situations. Due to the situations' complexity, they evidently need to collaborate with each other, often in multiple contexts. Further, their work is influenced by dynamic factors including time constraints, costs, or available resources. Hence, knowledge-intensive processes cannot be pre-specified like routine work and traditional BPM approaches usually fail.

Overall, a deep understanding of the challenges imposed by unstructured, knowledge-intensive and data-driven processes is of utmost importance for the further evolution and maturation of the BPM field. Hence, we strongly encourage submissions that cover such non-traditional BPM scenarios and provide solutions for them.

Topics in this track include, but are not limited to

  •  Knowledge-intensive processes
  • — Data-driven processes
  • — Distributed and mobile processes
  • — Inter-process planning and coordination
  • — Grid and scientific workflows
Shazia Sadiq
Shazia Sadiq says:
Aug 24, 2013 01:40 PM
Would these include scenarios from healthcare, e-learning/MOOCs, digital humanities, e-research ?
Wil van der Aalst
Wil van der Aalst says:
Sep 13, 2013 07:45 PM
I would love to see more papers on BPM and cloud computing. Sharing processes and process management via cloud infrastructures will become the standard, enable new possibilities, and trigger new research questions. However, I did not see many papers on the topic yet.
Tony Puah
Tony Puah says:
Dec 06, 2013 08:47 AM
I have been working with my client in the regulatory space, and this is precisely an issue that the client has - how to develop a set of process models that support the regulatory management of 15 professions, each with their own standards and guidelines, with around 180 different pathways for an individual to go from one registration type to another over their lifetime across all the professions.

The client is in the midst of putting in place an appropriate technology to support their other regulatory processes and it is not yet clear whether existing BPM technology would be able to cater to my client's business process models.
Marcello La Rosa
Marcello La Rosa says:
Jan 08, 2014 10:35 PM
Hi Tony, have you looked into process configuration ( and the use of questionnaires to configure reference models to one's specific requirements? Also, the book by Reichert and Weber, "Enabling Flexibility in Process-Aware Information Systems", describes different approaches for dealing with process variability.
Ian Ramsay
Ian Ramsay says:
Feb 20, 2014 01:46 AM
We have had great success with an approach to modelling and automating event / data driven processes for both complex and simple applications. The approach (we call 8020), and the associated notation, evolved from the real world pressure of commercial deliveries but also describes the superset of most business process patterns, both flow oriented (BPMN) and Artefact-centric models. If some real world scenarios and the theory behind this approach would be of interest to this conference we would be keen to initiate some related research into the possibilities and limitations of such a method and process language. Comments appreciated ...
Antony Alappatt
Antony Alappatt says:
Mar 30, 2014 05:20 AM
Data driven processes. Data driven processes mean control the computer using data. Computer industry is focussed on Data, but there is not as much focus given on Control. Control and Data go together imho focusing on Control part of Computer science would greatly improve friendliness of BPM Processes.
Interaction modelling is one aspect that can be added here. Using interaction, it is possible to model control directly. The focus in all computer has been state transition. BPM is shared transition, Interaction modelling does this ably.
MasterKube is a new software platform developed on Interaction modelling. The language is entirely Interactional. We would be doing a demo of the platform in its current avatar. This is already working with three customers and leads to software that has interesting properties like a) No exception Handling, b) IDeal to represent all workflows etc and c) Introduces for the first time Mobile scope.
Would love feedback.
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