Ciudad Real, July 8-11, 2008

Escuela Superior de Informática, Department of Information Technologies and Systems, University of Castilla-La Mancha – Ciudad Real (Spain)


Grupo Alarcos
Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia
Cátedra Indra
Escuela Superior de Informática
Dep. Tecnologías y Sistemas de Información
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
    The invited talks will be about one of the following main topics:
    - Fundamentals of Business Process Management
    - Business Process Modeling
    - Business Process Management Systems (BPMS)
    - Business Process Quality

   Christoph Bussler, Merced Systems, Inc (United States). “B2B and EAI Integration with Process Management”.

    The two most common forms of process management in large enterprises are the integration of existing application systems and trading partners. The former, enterprise application integration (EAI), requires modeling and executing business processes by invoking application systems, sometimes several hundreds of them. The latter, business-to-business (B2B) integration, requires modeling and executing business-to-business protocols in order to exchange business data with trading partners over private or public networks.

    This presentation outlines in detail the various challenges of EAI and B2B integration as well as many solution patterns that use process management in order to solve the various requirements. Real world examples show the complexity that has to be addressed by software systems supporting the two forms of integration.
   Gerardo Canfora & Eugenio Zimeo, University of Sannio (Italy).  “Managing Internet-wide business processes”.

     The presentation characterizes modern business processes, which often cross the boundaries of a single organization and are dynamic and adaptive in nature, and derive requirements for supporting technology. A technology is presented, which addresses key issues of Internet- wide processes, including: project management, integration of heterogeneous services, monitoring and adaptation.
    Jorge Cardoso, SAP Research CEC Dresden (Germany). “Process Management and Integration with SAP”.

     Enterprise SOA has changed the design of business applications, enabling an efficient composition of business solutions. With enterprise SOA, it is possible to encapsulate business logic and expose it as enterprise services. Smaller components can be assembled efficiently to form new innovative business solutions that meet changing business requirements. SAP NetWeaver’s SOA platform and SAP solutions provide business and industry-specific environments through enterprise services that enable a proper governance of IT. SOA platform provides a blueprint for an adaptable, flexible, and open IT architecture for developing services-based, enterprise-scale business solutions. 

    This presentation is designed for participants who need a clear understanding of SAP strategy in the field of SOA, business process modeling and management. It will cover the SAP product stack and will provide practical programming examples to deploy and compose business services into processes.

    Jorge Coelho, Chair of the Institute for BPM (Portugal). “Mlearn - an effective methodology to implement a Business Process-Managed Organization”.

     This presentation deals with a process architecture to deploy the business strategy and implement a continuous improvement model in the whole enterprise.

    The methodology gives guidance to assure that the processes defined in the organization, structured in business process architecture, are the same for Quality Management, Risk Management, Knowledge Management, Information Systems, Human Resources and Management Control.

    It is a systemic and integrated top down approach, applied by means of workshops that start with the board. First, the strategy related to process governance is modelled to build a shared unique view of the organization that represents the OUGHT TO BE. This framework helps to define the scope of any improvement project and to orient taking the AS IS picture. Accordingly to the available resources it is defined the TO BE, a middle step in direction to the OUGHT TO BE.

    When the TOP DOWN is not applicable, there is the MIDDLE DOWN approach as a tuning adaptation to the organization specificity. A business process is precisely defined in terms of an organizational competence, a system and a business object. 

    The whole methodology is applied in interactive sessions without paper. Real cases will be presented to illustrate the use of the methodology.

     Steffan Jablonski, University of Bayreuth (Germany). “Business process design”.

    This talk focuses on the introduction of a holistic process modeling approach. We will identify the main perspectives of a process model and will discuss how they can be filled with domain specific contents. Thus, students will learn how to define a process modeling language and how to apply this language in order to create domain specific process models. The focus of this talk is to introduce fundamental concepts of process modeling.

      Barbara Weber, University of Innsbruck (Austria). “Dynamic Process LifeCycle Support”.

    The economic success of an enterprise increasingly depends on its ability to react to changes in its environment in a quick and flexible way. To cope with emerging business trends (e.g., increasing product and service variability, faster time-to-market, and increasing division of labour along a global supply chain of goods and services) responsiveness to change is a significant competitive advantage.

    To address this need for flexible process support several competing paradigms like adaptive process management, case handling and declarative workflows together with concepts like Late Binding and Late Modeling have been proposed.

    This presentation will provide a detailed review of existing paradigms and concepts for dynamic process support. In addition, it will discuss challenges which exist during the lifecycle of dynamic processes and presents various solutions to ideally support the different stages of the process lifecycle. 

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