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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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Sunday, 20 January 2013 19:44

Manfred Reichert is PC Co-Chair of EMISA'13

Manfred Reichert is Program Co-Chair of the 5th International Workshop on Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures (EMISA'13), which will be held in St. Gallen, Switzerland from September 5-6, 2013. Manfred will share this task with Reinhard Jung from the University of St. Gallen.

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Manfred Reichert is co-chair of the Int'l Workshop on Variability Support in Information Systems (VarIS). VarIS'13 will be held in conjunction with the 25th Int'l Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE'13) and will take place in Valencia in June 2013. Manfred shares this task with his colleagues Victoria Torres (Universidad Politécnica de Valenica, Spain) and Félix García (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain).

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Manfred Reichert is Program Co-Chair of the 17th IEEE International Enterprise Computing Conference (EDOC 2013), which will be held in Vancouver, Canada from September 9-13, 2013. Manfred will share this task with Hamid Motahari from Hewlett Packard Laboratories, US.

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At 13 September 2012, the GI SIG EMISA (Special Interest Group on Development Methods for Information Systems and their Application) elected Prof. Dr. Manfred Reichert (University of Ulm) as new chairman of its executive board. EMISA has about 700 members.

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Tuesday, 06 November 2012 12:00

Presentation at European BPM Round Table

Manfred Reichert was invited speaker at a special meeting of the European BPM round table on November 5th 2012 in Eindhoven. At this meeting, which was attended by around 100 participants from academia and industry, internationally well-known researchers, together with representatives of the companies they cooperate with, presented joint work. The European BPM round table is the premier venue for researchers and practitioners to meet and discuss the latest trends in Business Process Management (BPM).

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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 EindhovenManfred Reichert gave an invited talk at Eindhoven University of Technology. In his talk, he reported on a fundamental class of computerized processes called "fluid" processes. In particular, the engineering and use of fluid processes is indistinguishable. Instead, they are continually adapted and reformed to fit the actual needs and constraints of the situation at hand and to fulfill the overall goals of the involved process actors in the best possible way. The talk resented a detailed review of the challenges and techniques that exist for the flexible support of fluid processes. It further gave insights into their nature, discussed fundamental challenges, summarized enabling technologies, and referred to advanced applications.

A Decade of Research on "Fluid" Processes: Beyond Rigidity in Business Process Support [Download PDF document] Invited Talk at the TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands, September 25, 2012 by Manfred Reichert

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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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In the context of the BPM 2012 conference conference, which took place from September 5-7 in Tallinn, Estonia, Manfred Reichert (DBIS), Barbara Weber (University of Innsbruck) and Victoria Torres Bosch (University of Valencia) organized a tutorial on large process models (i.e., large process model trees or complex inter-related process structures) and large process model collections. The tutorial discussed the challenges that arise both in respect to the handling of large process models and the management of large collections of process models (with related process variants). As a motivational backbone, large process models and process model collections from the automotive industry and the healthcare domain were presented. Overall the tutorial, which was attended by more than 40 participants from the international research community, was a great success! The tutorial also addressed several of the topics described in detail in our book, e.g., process model refactoring (Chapter 9), process variant support and process configuration (Chapter 5), and data-driven process structures (Chapter 13).

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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.

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