Keynote at IWPE2015 by Manfred Reichert

Taking an Engineering Perspective on Process-Aware Information Systems


Business Process Management (BPM) has been evolving as a research discipline for more than a decade and a multitude of innovative concepts, methods and techniques have been suggested. However, there is still a huge gap between the promises of BPM in theory and its actual achievements in practice. A major reason for this gap has been the lack of established principles, methods and techniques for the engineering of more advanced process management technology and process-aware information systems, respectively, i.e., to implement process support features in a cost-effective and practical approach. To deal with this challenge, this keynote talk will take an engineering perspective on process-aware information systems. It will start with a discussion of the existing gap between BPM theory and its translation into reality. Then, it will elaborate on some of the fundamental requirements to be met when engineering process-aware infomration systems (e.g. scalability, usability, robustness, and integration capability). Furthermore, it will give examples of successful BPM engineering endeavours. Finally, it will discuss some of the challenges on the way towards well established principles, methods and techniques for process engineering.

Short Bio

Manfred Reichert [LINK:] is a full professor of Computer Science at Ulm University, Germany, where he is director of the Institute of Databases and Information Systems [LINK:] and member of the Management Board of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology. Before joining Ulm University, he was working as associate professor at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Manfred's personal research interests are related to business process management and process engineering. Manfred has published more than 50 journal papers, 18 books (as author or editor), 250 refereed conference / workshop papers, and 16 book chapters. Many of his papers are well cited (h-index according to Google Scholar: 57) and several of them were awarded (e.g., BPM Test of Time Award 2012). Recently, he published a Springer book entitled "Enabling Flexibility in Process-aware Information Systems", in which he reflects on a decade of research of the BPM community on process flexibility issues. Manfred pioneered the work on the ADEPT process management technology and has been co-founder of the AristaFlow Ltd. Manfred was general chair of the BPM'09 and EDOC'14 conferences and has been general chair of the BPM'15 workshops. Furthermore, he was PC co-chair of the BPM'08, CoopIS'11, and EDOC'13 conferences. Currently, he is chairman of the GI SIG EMISA (German Special Interest Group on Development Methods for Information Systems and their Application; 700 members).