Business Process Reuse and Standardization with P2P Technologies

Business Process Reuse and Standardization with P2P Technologies

José A. Rodrigues Nt (COPPE—Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Jano Moreira de Souza (COPPE—Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Geraldo Zimbrão (COPPE—Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Geraldo Xexéo (COPPE—Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Mutaleci Miranda (Military Institute of Engineering, Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-969-9.ch033
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Abstract

Business Process Management (BPM) brings together the idea of effectively managing organizations and properly using Information Technology to fulfill organizations’ needs. For this purpose, BPM systems are largely used nowadays. However, most process models are started from scratch, not having reuse promoted. Sometimes, large enterprises have the same business process implemented in a variety of ways due to differences in their departmental cultures or environments, even when using a unique integrated system. Additionally, although technology plays an important role in actually improving organizations, the human factor is still fundamental, since any improvement attempt goes through cultural changes. In this chapter, a peer-to-peer (P2P) tool is proposed as a way to cooperatively develop business processes models, minimizing the time needed to develop such models, reducing the differences among similar processes conducted in distinct organizational units, enhancing the quality of models, promoting reuse, and distributing knowledge.

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