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Business Process Management: A Survey.

van der Aalst, Wil M.P.; ter Hofstede, Arthur H.M.; Weske, Mathias

In: Volume 2678 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 1-12. January 2003.

Abstract: 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.).

Keywords: Business Process Management; Workflow Management; Formal Methods.

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