Manfred Reichert, Univeristy of Ulm, Germany


"Process and Data: Two Sides of the Same Coin?"



Short bio:


Manfred holds a PhD in Computer Science and a Diploma in Mathematics. Since January 2008 he has been appointed as full professor at Ulm University, Germany. Before, he was working in the Netherlands as associate professor at the University of Twente. There, he was also leader of the strategic research orientations on "E-health" and "Applied Science of Services", and member of the Management Board of the Centre for Telematics and Information Technology – the largest ICT research institute in the Netherlands.

His major research interests include next generation process management technology, adaptive processes, process lifecycle management, data-driven process management, mobile processes, process model abstraction, and advanced process-aware applications (e.g., e-health, automotive engineering). Together with Peter Dadam he pioneered the work on the ADEPT process management technology and co-founded the AristaFlow GmbH.Manfred has been participating in numerous BPM research projects and made outstanding contributions in the BPMfield. His new Springer book on "Enabling Flexibility in Process-aware Information Systems" will be published in September 2012. Manfred was PC Co-chair of the BPM’08 and CoopIS’11 conferences and General Chair of the BPM’09 conference.




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.