Business process management: a survey

W.M.P. Aalst, van der, A.H.M. Hofstede, ter, M.H. Weske

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Business Process Management (BPM) includes methods, techniques, and tools to support the design, enactment, management, and analysis of operational business processes. It can be considered as an extension of classical Workflow Management (WFM) systems and approaches. Although the practical relevance of BPM is undisputed, a clear definition of BPM and related acronyms such as BAM, BPA, and STP are missing. Moreover, a clear scientific foundation is missing. In this paper, we try to demystify the acronyms in this domain, describe the state-of-the-art technology, and argue that BPM could benefit from formal methods/languages (cf. Petri nets, process algebras, etc.).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness Process Management, International Conference, BPM 2003, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, June 26-27, 2003.
EditorsW.M.P. Aalst, van der, A.H.M. Hofstede, ter, M.H. Weske
Place of PublicationBerlin
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Event1st International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2003) - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 26 Jun 200327 Jun 2003
Conference number: 1

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Conference1st International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2003)
Abbreviated titleBPM 2003


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