Process querying: enabling business intelligence through query-based process analytics

A. Polyvyanyy, C. Ouyang, A. Barros, W.M.P. van der Aalst

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    Abstract

    The volume of process-related data is growing rapidly: more and more business operations are being supported and monitored by information systems. Industry 4.0 and the corresponding industrial Internet of Things are about to generate new waves of process-related data, next to the abundance of event data already present in enterprise systems. However, organizations often fail to convert such data into strategic and tactical intelligence. This is due to the lack of dedicated technologies that are tailored to effectively manage the information on processes encoded in process models and process execution records. Process-related information is a core organizational asset which requires dedicated analytics to unlock its full potential. This paper proposes a framework for devising process querying methods, i.e., techniques for the (automated) management of repositories of designed and executed processes, as well as models that describe relationships between processes. The framework is composed of generic components that can be configured to create a range of process querying methods. The motivation for the framework stems from use cases in the field of Business Process Management. The design of the framework is informed by and validated via a systematic literature review. The framework structures the state of the art and points to gaps in existing research. Process querying methods need to address these gaps to better support strategic decision-making and provide the next generation of Business Intelligence platforms.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)41-56
    Number of pages16
    JournalDecision Support Systems
    Volume100
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

    Keywords

    • Business intelligence
    • Process analytics
    • Process intelligence
    • Process management
    • Process querying
    • Process science

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