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Business Process Management

Mathias Weske

Business Process Management
Concepts, Languages, Architectures
With 265 Figures


Author Mathias Weske Hasso Plattner Institut an der Universität Potsdam Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2–3 14482 Potsdam, Germany Mathias.Weske@hpi.uni-potsdam.de

Library of Congress Control Number: 2007933897

ACM Computing Classification (1998): J.1, H.4.1,D.2.2

ISBN 978-3-540-73521-2 Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York
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To Jonathan, Emilia, and Theresa, for their questions, which are the answers to mine

Business Process Management (BPM) is a “hot topic” because it is highly relevant from a practical point of view while at the same it offers many challenges for software developers and scientists. Traditionally information systems used information modeling as a starting point, i.e.,data-driven approaches have dominated the information systems landscape. However, over the last decade it has become clear that processes are equally important and need to be supported in a systematic manner. This resulted in a “wave” of workflow management systems in the mid-nineties. These systems aimed at the automation of structured processes. Therefore, their application was restricted to only afew application domains. However, the basic workflow concepts have been adopted by different types of “process-aware” information systems. BPM addresses the topic of process support in a broader perspective by incorporating different types of analysis (e.g., simulation, verification, and process mining) and linking processes to business and social aspects. Moreover, the current interest in BPM isfueled by technological developments (service oriented architectures) triggering standardization efforts (cf. languages such as BPMN and BPEL). Given the huge interest in BPM it is good that Mathias Weske took on the challenge to write a comprehensive book on BPM. The textbook covers the broad space of BPM in-depth. Most books on BPM are rather superficial or closely linked to a particular technology. Inthis book the topic is viewed from different angles without becoming superficial. Therefore, it is a valuable contribution to BPM literature. The book “Business Process Management: Concepts, Languages, and Architectures” is motivated by practical challenges and is grounded in both computer science and business administration. The subtitle of the book adequately describes its scope. Unlike manyother books in this space the focus is not on a particular notation or XML syntax. Instead the book focuses on the essential concepts. Different process languages are described (Petri nets, EPCs, Workflow nets, YAWL, BPMN, etc.) on the basis of these concepts. Moreover, the different languages are characterized and related using meta models. This is very important because it provides a view on the...
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