Information System Development: Using Business Process Simulation as a Requirements Engineering Tool

Information System Development: Using Business Process Simulation as a Requirements Engineering Tool

Tony Elliman (Brunel University, UK), Tally Hatzakis (Brunel University, UK) and Alan Serrano (Brunel University, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-826-0.ch013
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Abstract

This chapter discusses the idea that even though information systems development (ISD) approaches have long advocated the use of integrated organisational views, the modelling techniques used have not been adapted accordingly and remain focused on the automated information system (IS) solution. Existing research provides evidence that business process simulation (BPS) can be used at different points in the ISD process to provide better-integrated organisational views that aid the design of appropriate IS solutions. Despite this fact, research in this area is not extensive; suggesting that the potential of using BPS for the ISD process is not yet well understood. The paper uses the findings from three different case studies to illustrate the ways BPS has been used at different points in the ISD process, especially in the area of requirements engineering. It compares the results against IS modelling techniques, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages that BPS has over the latter. The research necessary to develop appropriate BPS tools and give guidance on their use in the ISD process is discussed.

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