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On May 13th, 2016, Gregor Grambow successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled

Context-aware Process Management for the Software Engineering Domain

at Ulm University, Germany. The DBIS team is pleased to congratulate Opens internal link in current windowDr. Grambow on his successful PhD defense and wishes him all the best for his future career. Gregor’s PhD advisor and promotor was  Opens internal link in current windowProf. Dr. Manfred Reichert (DBIS).

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About the thesis:
Software development processes are used by the majority of software companies to ensure the quality and reproducibility of their development endeavors. Typically, these processes are abstractly defined with the help of process models. However, they still need to be interpreted by individuals and be manually executed, resulting in governance and compliance difficulties. The environment is sufficiently dynamic that unforeseen situations can occur due to various events, leading to potential aberrations and process governance issues. Furthermore, as process models are implemented manually without real automation support, they impose additional work for the executing humans. Their advantages often remain hidden as aligning the planned process with reality is cumbersome.

In response to these problems, this thesis contributes the Context-aware Process Management (CPM) framework. The latter enables holistic and automated support for software engineering projects and their processes. In particular, in provides concepts for extending process management technology to support software engineering process models in their entirety. Furthermore, CPM contributes an approach to integrate the enactment of the process models better with the real-world process by introducing a set of contextual extensions. Various events occurring in the course of the projects can be utilized to improve process support and activities outside the realm of the process models can be covered. That way, the continuously growing divide between the plan and reality that often occurs in software engineering projects can be avoided. Finally, the CPM framework comprises facilities to better connect the software engineering process with other important aspects and areas of software engineering projects. This includes automated process-oriented support for software quality management or software engineering knowledge management. The CPM framework has been validated by a prototypical implementation, various sophisticated scenarios, and its practical application at two software companies.

Members of the PhD committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Schöning (Chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Reichert (Promotor and First Referee)
  • Prof. Dr. Franz Schweiggert (Second Referee)
  • Prof. Dr. Roy Oberhauser (External Referee)
  • Prof. Dr. Helmuth Partsch (Core Committee Member)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Dadam (Core Committee Member)
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kevin.andrews@uni-ulm.de (Kevin Andrews) News Fri, 13 May 2016 16:07:44 +0200
The Next Wave of Research in BPM http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/222-the-next-wave-of-research-in-bpm http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/222-the-next-wave-of-research-in-bpm

Opens internal link in current windowManfred Reichert was invited keynote speaker of the Opens external link in new window14th International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research (BIR 2015). Die BIR'15 conference took place in Tartu, Estonia from 26 - 28 August 2015.

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Manfred Reichert: Initiates file downloadThe Next Wave of Research in Business Process Management
Invited Keynote, 14th International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research (BIR 2015), Tartu, Estland, 27. August 2015

Abstract:
Business Process Management (BPM) has been evolving as a research discipline for more than a decade and a multitude of innovative concepts, methods and techniques have been suggested, e.g., related to process modeling languages, process model analyses, process enactment infrastructures, process flexibility, and process mining. Although BPM has matured as a research discipline, there is still a gap between its promises and its actual achievements in practice. This keynote speech will reflect on this gap, discuss emerging challenges, and relate BPM research to current waves like "Big Data", "Big Software" and "Cloud Computing", which provide new prospects for future BPM research. 

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kevin.andrews@uni-ulm.de (Kevin Andrews) News Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:02:00 +0200
Change in Process Choreographies - Most Downloaded Paper http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/187-change-in-process-choreographies-most-downloaded-paper http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/187-change-in-process-choreographies-most-downloaded-paper

The article

Dealing with change in process choreographies: Design and implementation of propagation algorithms
Information Systems 49:1-24 (2015)

by Opens external link in new windowWalid Fdhila, Opens external link in new windowConrad Indiono, Opens external link in new windowStefanie Rinderle-Ma, and Opens internal link in current windowManfred Reichert jumped to be one of the Opens external link in new windowmost downloaded article in Information Systems journal within only 4 months after publication. The article is open access, funded by the Opens external link in new windowAustrian Science Fund (FWF), and can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

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The article presents joint work of the Opens external link in new windowWorkflow Systems and Technology Chair, University of Vienna, and the Opens internal link in current windowInstitute of Databases and Information Systems. In particular, it provides a novel approach dealing with the correct handling of changes in process choreographies, i.e., models of cross-organizational business processes. The presented work has been conducted in the Opens internal link in current windowC3Pro project, which is co-funded by FWF and the Opens external link in new windowDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

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kevin.andrews@uni-ulm.de (Kevin Andrews) News Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:39:23 +0200
Enabling Flexibility in Process-Aware Information Systems - Book Signing http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/183-enabling-flexibility-in-process-aware-information-systems-book-signing http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/183-enabling-flexibility-in-process-aware-information-systems-book-signing

2013 11 28 Weber Signing

Barbara signing her Book "Enabling Flexibility in Process-Aware Information Systems: Challenges, Methods, Technologies" at the Unleashing Operational Process Mining workshop in Dagstuhl.

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kevin.andrews@uni-ulm.de (Kevin Andrews) News Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:29:00 +0100
Most Cited Article of the Data & Knowledge Engineering Journal http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/181-most-cited-article-of-the-data-knowledge-engineering-journal http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/181-most-cited-article-of-the-data-knowledge-engineering-journal

On its website, the Opens external link in new windowData & Knowledge Engineering journal has listed the most frequently cited articles published during the last 6 years. Out of more than 350 articles that appeard during this period, the most cited one (according to Scopus) has been co-authored by DBIS researchers Opens internal link in current windowManfred Reichert and Opens external link in new windowStefanie Rinderle-Ma (who is now full professor at the University of Vienna):

Opens external link in new windowWeber, Barbara and Reichert, Manfred and Rinderle-Ma, Stefanie (2008) - Change Patterns and Change Support Features - Enhancing Flexibility in Process-Aware Information Systems - Data and Knowledge Engineering, 66(3): 438-466, Elsevier Science.

This top cited article again emphasizes the high relevance as well as excellent impact of the research accomplished by Opens internal link in current windowDBIS and its international partners (in the given case the Universities of Innsbruck and Vienna).

Opens external link in new windowData & Knowledge Engineering is published by Elsevier Science and has a 5-years impact factor of 1.71.

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kevin.andrews@uni-ulm.de (Kevin Andrews) News Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:20:00 +0100
EMISA 2014 Keynote by Stefanie Rinderle-Ma: Flexibility and Evolution in Process-Aware Information Systems: All Problems Solved ? http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/167-emisa-2014-keynote-by-stefanie-rinderle-ma-flexibility-and-evolution-in-process-aware-information-systems-all-problems-solved http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/167-emisa-2014-keynote-by-stefanie-rinderle-ma-flexibility-and-evolution-in-process-aware-information-systems-all-problems-solved

Stefanie Rinderle-Ma gave a keynote at the EMISA 2014 conference on 25 September 2014.

 Stefanie discussed the achievements, challenges, and trends within the area of Flexibility and Evolution in Process-Aware Information Systems. Further information can be found on the conference website (link). 

Picture: K. Andrews

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kevin.andrews@uni-ulm.de (Kevin Andrews) News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:43:00 +0200
Keynote Speech by Manfred Reichert at the IEEE ICHI’14 Conference http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/154-keynote-speech-by-manfred-reichert-at-the-ieee-ichi-14-conference http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/154-keynote-speech-by-manfred-reichert-at-the-ieee-ichi-14-conference

Opens internal link in current windowManfred Reichert was invited keynote speaker of the IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics 2014 (Opens external link in new windowICHI 2014). ICHI 2014 took place in Verona, Italy, from 15 to 17 September 2014. The ICHI conference series is the premier international community forum concerned with the application of computer science principles, information science principles, information technology, and communication technology to address problems in healthcare, public health, and everyday wellness. The conference highlights the most novel technical contributions in computing-oriented health informatics and the related social and ethical implications.

In his keynote speech, Manfred emphasized the huge potential of process management technology when adapting it to the socio-technical context of healthcare organizations. In particular, he presented various methods, concepts and technologies enabling a flexible and intelligent support of healthcare processes at different levels (i.e., organizational processes and patient treatment processes).

Manfred Reichert

Here, There and Everywhere –
Towards Healthcare Process Support in a Complex and Mobile World

Invited Keynote Speech, IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics 2014 (ICHI 2014), Verona, 16 September 2014

Summary:
Healthcare organizations are facing the challenge of delivering high quality services to their patients at affordable costs. These challenges become even more prominent with the growth in the aging population with chronic diseases and the rise of healthcare costs. High degree of specialization of medical disciplines, huge amounts of medical knowledge and patient data to be consulted in order to provide evidence-based re¬commendations, and the need for personalized healthcare are prevalent trends in this information-intensive domain. The emerging situation necessitates computer-based, mobile support of healthcare process management as well as clinical decision-making.
Business process management (BPM) technology provides a key to implement these changes. Though patient-centered process support and m-health become increasingly crucial in healthcare, BPM technology has not been broadly used in healthcare environments yet. One reason for this drawback has been the rigidity introduced by traditional process-centric healthcare information systems. In particular, the latter will be not accepted by medical staff if their use in exceptional situations is more cumbersome and time-consuming than just handling the exception with a phone call to the right person.  This keynote presentation reflects on recent developments from the BPM domain, which aim at a high degree of process support, flexibility, traceability, and mobility. These key features will be illustrated along existing BPM frameworks. Altogether, emerging BPM methods, concepts and technologies will contribute to further enhance IT support for healthcare processes.

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kevin.andrews@uni-ulm.de (Kevin Andrews) News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:41:00 +0200
Colloquium Presentation at the University of Nurnberg-Erlangen http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/149-colloquium-presentation-at-the-university-of-nurnberg-erlangen http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/149-colloquium-presentation-at-the-university-of-nurnberg-erlangen

Opens internal link in current windowManfred Reichert was invited colloquium speaker at the Opens external link in new windowTechnical Faculty of the Friedrich-Alexander University Nurnberg-Erlangen. In his presentation he addressed the fundamental challenges that need to be addressed in order to enable a flexible operational support of business processes in process-aware information systems. Furthermore, he presented selected concepts, technologies and tools developed in his research projects and tackling the aforementioned challenges.


Prof. Dr. Manfred Reichert: Initiates file downloadManaging Flexibility and Evolution Challenges in Process-Aware Information Systems: Scenarios, Technologies, Tools; Invited Colloquium Presentation, University of Nurnberg-Erlangen, 26 January 2015

Abstract

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 as well as to enable a close alignment of business with information technology. Along this trend, process awareness and service orientation have become prevalent paradigms in enterprise computing, and a new generation of process-aware information systems has emerged. Referring to real-world scenarios from various application domains, this lecture will present a review of fundamental flexibility and evolution challenges that exist for process-aware information systems. In particular, it will give insights into concepts, methods and technologies that foster flexibility in all phases of the process lifecycle.

A comprehensive treatment of this topic can be found in the Springer book on Opens external link in new windowEnabling Flexibility in Process-Aware Information Systems, which has been co-authored by Manfred Reichert and his colleague Opens external link in new windowBarbara Weber (University of Innsbruck).

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kevin.andrews@uni-ulm.de (Kevin Andrews) News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:31:00 +0100
Think Process - Invited Keynote Presentation at the Process Day of the Austrian Process Management Society http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/147-think-process-invited-keynote-presentation-at-the-process-day-of-the-austrian-process-management-society http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/147-think-process-invited-keynote-presentation-at-the-process-day-of-the-austrian-process-management-society

Opens internal link in current windowManfred Reichert was invited keynote speaker of the Process Day organized by the Opens external link in new windowAustrian Society for Process Management at the Danube University Krems. As main theme of this event, process management in healthcare was chosen. In his keynote presentation, Manfred gave fundamental insights into the flexible IT support of healthcare processes. This included organizational processes in hospitals and their workflow-based support (e.g., handling of medical orders) as well as IT support for patient treatment processes, medical guidelines, and clinical pathways. 

Particular attention was paid on methods, concepts and technologies targeting at the FLEXIBLE IT SUPPORT of these different process categories as well as the integration of healthcare processes with mobile devices (e.g., smartphones or tablets). Manfred has long-term experiences with projects on healthcare process support. Furthermore, he has been co-chair of the international workshop series on process-oriented information systems in healthcare (ProHealth), which will have its 8th edition this year.

Manfred Reichert: Initiates file downloadEDV-Assistenz auf Schritt, Tritt und Trage: Nachhaltige Verbesserung von Patientenbehandlungsprozessen durch den Einsatz flexibler und mobiler Informationstechnologien
Invited keynote presentation, Process Day, Austrian Process Management Society; Danube University Krems, Austria, 17 March 2015

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kevin.andrews@uni-ulm.de (Kevin Andrews) News Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:27:00 +0100
Invited Tutorial at the ICSOC 2013 Conference http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/142-invited-tutorial-at-the-icsoc-2013-conference http://flexible-processes.com/index.php/item/142-invited-tutorial-at-the-icsoc-2013-conference

In the context of the 11th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC 2013), which took place from December 2-5 in Berlin, Germany, Manfred Reichert organized a tutorial on flexibility challenges for composite software services. The ICSOC conference series is a leading international forum for presenting and discussing current research on service-oriented computing.

ICSOC 2013 Tutorial

In his tutorial, Manfred presented parts of his Springer book on process flexibility. On one hand, he discussed the flexibility challenges that emerge in the context of composite services. On the other, he presented concrete solution approaches for handling these challenges.

Manfred Reichert - Managing Flexibility Challenges for Composite Services: Scenarios, Technologies, Tools (PDF download) - Berlin, Germany, December 4th, 2013

Abstract:

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 and service agility as competitive advantages to address business trends like increasing product/service variability or faster time-to-market, and to enable a close alignment of business with information technology. Along this trend, process awareness and service orientation have become prevalent paradigms in enterprise computing, and a new generation of process- and service-oriented information systems has emerged. Using real-world cases from various application domains, this tutorial will present a review of fundamental flexibility challenges that exist for process- and service-oriented information systems. In particular, it will give insights into concepts, methods and technologies that foster flexibility for all phases of the process and service lifecycle. Amongst others, this includes flexibility support for pre-specified composite services as well as for loosely specified ones whose schema is only partially specified at build-time, while decisions regarding the exact specification of certain schema parts are deferred to the run-time.

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nicolas.mundbrod@uni-ulm.de (Nicolas Mundbrod) News Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:35:29 +0100