CoopIS'12 Keynote

Process and Data - Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Manfred Reichert

Invited Keynote, 20th Int'l Conference on Cooperative Information Systems (CoopIS'12)
Rome, Italy; 13 September 2012

Companies increasingly adopt process management technologywhichoffers promising perspectives for realizing flexible information systems. However, there still exist numerousprocess scenarios not adequatelycovered by contemporary information systems. One major reason for this deficiency is the insufficient understanding of the inherent relationships existing between business processes on the one side and business data on the other. Consequently, these two perspectives are not well integrated in existingprocess management systems.

This keynote emphasizes the need for both object- and process-awareness in future information systems, and illustrates it along several case studies. Especially, the relation between these two fundamental perspectives will be discussed, and the role of business objects and data as drivers for both process modeling and process enactment be emphasized. In general, any business process support should consider object behavior as well as object interactions, and therefore be based on twolevels of granularity. In addition, data-driven process execution and integrated user access to processes and data are needed.Besidesgiving insights into these fundamental properties, an advanced framework supporting them in an integrated manner will be presented and itsapplication to complex process scenarios be shown.Overall, a holistic and genericframework integrating processes, data, and users will contributeto overcome many of the limitations of existing process management technology.



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