Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Business Process Management

  • W. M. P. van der AalstEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_1179


Case handling; Process management; Workflow management


Information technology has changed business processes within and between enterprises. Traditionally, information technology was mainly used to support individual tasks (“type a letter”) and to store information. However, today business processes and their information systems are intertwined. Processes heavily depend on information systems and information systems are driven by the processes they support [1]. Business Process Management(BPM) is concerned with the interactions between processes and information systems. An important element of BPM is the modeling and analysis of processes. Processes can be designed using a wide variety of languages ranging from BPMN to Petri nets. Some of these languages allow for analysis techniques (e.g., model checking and simulation) to answer questions related to correctness and performance. Models can be used to configure generic software tools, e.g., middleware, workflow...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Arno Jacobsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada