Flexible Business Processes - Evaluation of Current Approaches

Thomas Burkhart; Peter Loos
In: Proceedings: Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik 2010. Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI-2010), February 23-25, Göttingen, Germany, to appear, 2010.


The way people work, especially in group-based or creative processes, is getting more and more unpredictable. This is based on today's fast-changing business world which is characterized by dynamic conditions. In order to fulfill these flexible business situations, there is a need for the use of support systems. However, classical support systems do not offer the necessary agility to support today's rapidly changing or generally unpredictable workflows due to their static runtime execution. Thus, modern workflow systems have the need to provide a flexible, but process aware execution at runtime that do not force users into a pre-defined way of doing their work. In addition to these new requirements, they must still support users during the execution like classical systems already do. However, to find the right balance between both tasks is highly challenging. According to prior research papers, the examined systems were not appropriate for supporting flexible or so called ad-hoc workflows. Thus, this paper evaluates the state-of-the-art of current systems based on the viewpoint which requirements have already been achieved and for which requirements technical concepts are still to be developed. Furthermore, the paper clarifies whether there is a comprehensive approach which can be used in every business context or which approach can be used in which specific context.



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