Beyond Process Monitoring: A Proof-of-Concept of Event-driven Business Activity Management

Janiesch Christian, Matzner Martin, Müller Oliver


Abstract
Purpose. The purpose of this paper is to show how to employ complex event processing (CEP) for the observation and management of business processes. It proposes a conceptual architecture of BPM event producer, processor, and consumer and describes technical implications for the application with standard software in a perfect order scenario.
Design/methodology/approach. The authors discuss business process analytics as the technological background. The capabilities of CEP in a BPM context are outlined an architecturedesign is proposed. A sophisticated proof-of-concept demonstrates its applicability.
Findings. The results overcome the separation and data latency issues of process controlling,monitoring, and simulation. Distinct analyses of past, present, and future blur into a holistic real-time approach.The authors highlight the necessity for configurable event producerin BPM engines, process event support in CEP engines, a common process event format,connectors to visualizers, notifiers and return channels to the BPM engine.
Research limitations. Further research will thoroughly evaluate the approach in a variety of business settings. New concepts and standards for the architecture's building blocks will be needed to improve maintainability and operability.
Practical implications. Managers learn how CEP can yield insights into business processes' operations. The paper illustrates a path to overcome inflexibility, latency, and missing feedback mechanisms of current process modeling and control solutions. Software vendorsmight be interested in the conceptualization and the described needs for further development.
Originality/value. So far, there is no commercial CEP-based BPM solution which facilitates a round trip from insight to action as outlines. As major software vendors have begun developing solutions (BPM/BPA solutions), this paper will stimulate a debate between research and practice on suitable design and technology.

Keywords
Business process management, Business process re-engineering, Computer software, Complex event processing, Business activity monitoring, Architecture, Standard software



Publication type
Article in Journal

Peer reviewed
Yes

Publication status
Published

Year
2012

Journal
Business Process Management Journal

Volume
18

Issue
4

Pages range
625-643

Language
English

ISSN
1463-7154

DOI

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