Tools for Business Process Management

Research Platform for Process Model Collections

PromniCAT is a research platform for analyzing process model collections. It allows importing various business process repositories into one generic database. The idea behind this platform is to facilitate researchers accessing process model collections.

Instead of spending time and effort implementing process collection parsers, researchers shall focus on their actual research questions. This is realized by the platform's import functionality for a variety of process model collections, its utility units that provide access and filtering mechanisms for process models and their specific elements, and the transformation of process models into a generic representation that covers common concepts of process modeling languages.

prmonicat architecture

Researchers use the platform and build their analysis modules on top of it. Hence they run their analysis on several collections while just once implementing their analysis module. The platform consists of three main modules; import, filter management, and indexing. The platform’s architecture is depicted in above figure.

The filter management module provides filter mechanisms to access, filter, iterate over, and extract information from process model collections, or specific process models elements like activities and their labels. The index management allows the researchers to store and retrieve their analysis results for later research.

More information ca be found at the project's Google Code Repository.

Business Process Modeler and Collaboration Platform

We provide a comprehensive modeling platform that includes a model editor and repository that together found the platform for our academic initiative allowing you to share lecture material and conduct exercises in a managed environment without any installation effort.

A modern web browser is sufficient for using the process editor, for example Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are available for most operating systems. Using Internet Explorer will, however, limit the number of functions available.

Your or your students' models are not visible to anybody else by default, but one can share their models with others if they grant access rights accordingly. Students can use this feature to hand in exercise works to supervisors, simply by allowing them to access the model.

More information ca be found here.