University of Paderborn
Business Information Systems 2
TeachingResearchAbout us
Prof. Dr. Ludwig Nastansky
Using Process Knowledge from the Practical Operation of Ad Hoc Processes
for the Participative Design of Structured Workflows
Dipl.-Inform. Carsten Huth
(German) Neben stark strukturierten Prozessen, für die durch derzeit verfügbare Workflow Management Systeme verwendet werden, existiert insbesondere in Büroumgebungen von Unternehmen noch eine weitere Klasse von Prozessen, die bisher noch nicht gezielt unterstützt werden: Die flexiblen, kurzlebigen, schwach strukturierten Ad hoc Workflows. Im GroupProcess-Project werden Konzepte und Werkzeuge entwickelt, die auf die spezielle Eigenschaften von Ad hoc Workflows ausgerichtet sind und dabei mit einem aktuellen Workflow Management System integriert ist. Zu den wesentlichen Innovationen gehören dabei die gleichzeitige Modellierung und Ausführung von Prozessen. Hinzu kommt die Möglichkeit von partizipativer Modellierung von Workflows und der erleichterte Übergang von schwach strukturierten Prozessen in strukturierte, vordefinierte Prozesse.


(English) Many of today's companies already have a strong integration of Workflow Management Systems (WFMS) in their IT-Infrastructure which are often only used for the core processes of the company. Furthermore these predefined processes are designed and implemented by specialists, whilst the process knowledge of the involved employees remains mostly unused. On the other hand, the everyday business life, especially in office environments, often additionally requires flexible, rather short lived processes (ad hoc workflows), that can only be predetermined in advance to some degree. These two types of workflows have many cross connections which are inadequately or not supported by currently available WFMS. To name one example some ad hoc processes that are used more than once and therefore get well tried by practical experience could become established and important processes for the company. Thus these should be transitioned into predefined workflows in a WFMS. The GroupProcess project examines the broad possibilities to support ad hoc processes in companies and creates connections to existing systems like WFMS, Knowledge- and Office-Management-Systems.