Process Flexibility News

Manfred Reichert was invited keynote speaker at the International IFIP Working Conference on Enterprise Interoperability (IWEI 2013) - IWEI'13 took place in Enschede, The Netherlands from March 27-28, 2013. In his keynote entitled "Collaboration and Interoperability Support for Agile Enterprises in a Networked World: Emerging Scenarios, Research Challenges, Enabling Technologies", Manfred discussed major research challenges to be tackled when targeting at IT support for the agile enterprise.

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Friday, 14 December 2012 18:34

Keynote by Barbara Weber at BPMuy in Uruguay

Barbara Weber was giving a keynote at Primeras Jornadas Uruguayas de Gestión y Tecnologías de Procesos de Negocio (BPMuy) in Montevideo, Uruguay. BPMuy is the first conference on business process management in Uruguay, which tries to promote the topic of business process management and strives for bringing academics, public organisations and industry together. The event is organized by Dr. Ing. Andrea Delgado and MSc. Ing. Daniel Calegari, who are working for the Instituto de Computación at Universidad de la Repúblic in Montevideo, Uruguay. In her keynote, Barbara adressed flexibility issues as presented in the book.

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Monday, 15 October 2012 10:53

ER'12 Tutorial on Process Flexibility

In the context of the 31st Int'l Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2012), which took place from October 15-18 in Florence, Italy, Barbara Weber and Manfred Reichert organized a tutorial on process flexibility. The ER conference series is a leading international forum for presenting and discussing current research and applications for which the major emphasis is on conceptual modeling.

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University VeronaManfred Reichert gave an invited talk at the University of Verona, Italy. In today's dynamic business world, the success of a company increasingly depends on its ability to react to changes in its environment in a quick and flexible way. Companies have therefore identified process agility as a competitive advantage to address business trends like increasing product and service variability or faster time-to-market, and to ensure business-IT-alignment. Along this trend, a new generation of information systems has emerged-so-called process-aware information systems (PAIS), like workflow management systems or service orchestration engines. In his talk, Manfred addressed these flexibility needs and provided an overview of PAIS with a strong focus on methods and technologies fostering flexibility for all phases of the process lifecycle. This included flexibility support for pre-specified processes, the currently predominant paradigm in the BPM field as well as for loosely specified processes, which only partially specify the process model at build-time, while decisions regarding the exact specification of certain model parts are deferred to the run-time.

Enabling Flexibility in Process-Aware Information Systems [Download PDF document]
Invited Talk at the University of Verona, Italy, September 17, 2012 by Manfred Reichert

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sevillaIn June 2012, Barbara Weber gave a talk at the University of Seville, Spain. In her presentation she addressed process flexibility issues and introduced our new book

Enabling Flexibility in Process-aware Information Systems:
Challenges, Methods, Technologies

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coverThe production of our new Springer PAIS book on "ENABLING FLEXIBILITY IN PROCESS-AWARE INFORMATION SYSTEMS" is now in progress. According to springer, the estimated publication date will be September 2012. Until then, we will also set up the book's web site which will contain a lot of additional teaching material, exercises, demo materials, tool descriptions, etc.

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2012-09-06 Book Presentation TallinnBarbara Weber and Manfred Reichert introduced their new book on flexibility in process-aware information systems at the BPM'12 conference in Tallinn, Estonia. The book complements existing textbooks on business process management and is a must-read for anyone interested in flexible process support within information systems. The book shows that BPM is not just about making diagrams. The real challenge is to realize information systems that support business processes without jeopardizing flexibility. First reactions on the bookby the international audience were extremely positive.

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Discount Caise Participants

Springer promoted our new book at the CAiSE'12 conference, which took place from June 25-29 in Gdansk, Poland. For the book, a 20 % discount has been offered to conference participants (valid until July 29, 2012). CAiSE'12 is one of the top conferences in the field of information systems engineering bringing together researchers and practioners. Barbara Weber and Manfred Reichert have been both members of the CAiSE'12 program committee.

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hpi logoIn June 2012, Manfred Reichert was invited speaker at the 7th Symposium of the HPI Research School at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam. The overall theme of the symposium was "Future Trends in Service-oriented Computing". In his talk "Enabling Flexibility in Process-Aware Information Systems", Manfred gave an overview on some of the core topics addressed in the new PAIS book.

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BPM is not just about making diagrams. The real challenge is to realize information systems that support processes without jeopardizing flexibility.

_ Wil van der Aalst


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