Business Process Technology: A Unified View on Business Processes, Workflows and Enterprise Applications

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Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 9, 2010 - Computers - 306 pages
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Currently, we see a variety of tools and techniques for specifying and implementing business processes. The problem is that there are still gaps and tensions between the different disciplines needed to improve business process execution and improvement in enterprises. Business process modeling, workflow execution and application programming are examples of disciplines that are hosted by different communities and that emerged separately from each other. In particular, concepts have not yet been fully elaborated at the system analysis level. Therefore, practitioners are faced again and again with similar questions in concrete business process projects: Which decomposition mechanism to use? How to find the correct granularity for business process activities? Which implementing technology is the optimal one in a given situation? This work offers an approach to the systematization of the field. The methodology used is explicitly not a comparative analysis of existing tools and techniques – although a review of existing tools is an essential basis for the considerations in the book. Rather, the book tries to provide a landscape of rationales and concepts in business processes with a discussion of alternatives.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Business Process Excellence
11
3 Research Opportunities in Business ProcessTechnology
44
4 Semantics of Business Process Models
75
5 Decomposing Business Processes
119
6 Structured Business Process Specification
161
7 Workflow Technology and HumanComputerInteraction
195
8 ServiceOriented Architecture
220
9 Conclusion
243
References
273
Index
293
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Dirk Draheim holds a Diploma in Computer Science from the Technische Universitšt Berlin since 1994 and a PhD in Computer Science from the Freie Universitšt Berlin since 2002. Since 1999 he gives lectures on Software Engineering at the Freie Universitšt Berlin. From 2004 to 2006 he was a research associate in the project "Typed User Interfaces", which is granted by the German Research Foundation DFG. In summer 2006 he was lecturer in human-computer interaction at the University of Auckland. Since summer 2006 until autumn 2008 he was senior researcher at the SCCH (Software Competence Center Hagenberg) in the position of the Area Manager Database Technology. Furthermore, he was guest professor in software engineering at the University of Mannheim in winter 2006 and guest lecturer in applied computer science at the Johannes Kepler University Linz in summer 2007 and summer 2008. Since autumn 2008 he is head of the IT department of the University of Innsbruck. Dirk Draheim is interested in system modeling, semantic web, web applications, and databases.