Process Flexibility News

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

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

romeManfred Reichert was invited keynote speaker at the 20th Int'l Conference on Cooperative Information Systems (CoopIS'12) --CoopIS'12 took place in Rome, Italy from Sep 12-14, 2012. In his keynote entitled "Process and Data - Two Sides of the Same Coin?", Manfred addressed the fundamental relations existing between business processes on one hand and business objects on the other. Furthermore, with PHILharmonic Flows he introduced an integrated framework for the flexible support of object-aware processes. The relation between process and data is discussed in Chapter 13 of our book, while the PHILharmonicFlows framework is presented in Chapter 14.

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