The Internet of Things Meets Business Process Management: A Manifesto

Christian Janiesch, Agnes Koschmider, Massimo Mecella, Barbara Weber, Andrea Burattin, Claudio Di Ciccio, Giancarlo Fortino, Avigdor Gal, Udo Kannengiesser, Francesco Leotta, Felix Mannhardt, Andrea Marrella, Jan Mendling, Andreas Oberweis, Manfred Reichert, Stefanie Rinderle-ma, Estefania Serral, Wenzhan Song, Jianwen Su, Victoria TorresMatthias Weidlich, Mathias Weske, Liang Zhang

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The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a network of connected devices that collects and exchanges data through the Internet. These things can be artificial or natural and interact as autonomous agents that form a complex system. In turn, business process management (BPM) was established to analyze, discover, design, implement, execute, monitor, and evolve collaborative business processes within and across organizations. While the IoT and BPM have been regarded as separate topics in research and in practice, we strongly believe that, on the one hand, the management of IoT applications will greatly benefit from BPM concepts, methods, and technologies. On the other hand, the IoT poses challenges that will require enhancements and extensions of the current state of the art in the BPM field. In this article, we question the extent to which these two paradigms can be combined, and we discuss emerging challenges and intersections from a research and practitioner's point of view in terms of complex software systems development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-44
JournalIEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Magazine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes


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