Managing Processes #BPM2009

I attended the session on managing processes in the afternoon: this is a standard session made up of the presentation of three papers.

Extending BPM Environments of your choice with performance related Decision Support, by Mathias Fritzsche, Michael Picht, Wasif Gilani, Ivor Spence, John Brown and Peter Kilpatrick. The focus was on annotation of processes across multiple modeling environments to allow for combination of process monitoring data regardless of the execution environments; this is of specific use for end-to-end processes that span multiple environments such as a BPMS, an ERP system and outsourced processes.

Business Process-based Resource Importance Determination, by Stefan Fenz, Andreas Ekelhart and Thomas Neubauer. This is motivated by risk analysis, since risk calculations will be incorrect if there is insufficient information about the resources attached to specific business processes, and how those resources are used by other processes across the organization. This seems pretty straightforward: each resource and its importance to a business process and in the larger organizational context are required as input, as well as the process model in Petri Net form and the resource’s usage within the process; the research determined a calculation method for global importance for resources. The applicability, however, is key: the importance of the resources (these are automated resources, such as mail servers) ties into risk management and business continuity planning.

Case Study and Maturity Model for Business Process Management Implementation, by Michael Rohloff. I admit to losing a bit of focus during this presentation, so no notes, but I’ve given you the link to the paper so you can read it yourself. 🙂

The session was very sparsely attended, which means that most people are either at the tutorial on “A Business Process is more than a Workflow” or are skipping school to take advantage of the lovely weather.

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