Supporting the Full BPM Life-Cycle Using Process Mining and Intelligent Redesign

Supporting the Full BPM Life-Cycle Using Process Mining and Intelligent Redesign

Wil M.P. van der Aalst (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands), Mariska Netjes (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands) and Hajo A. Reijers (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-289-3.ch004
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Abstract

Business process management (BPM) systems provide a broad range of facilities to enact and manage operational business processes. Ideally, these systems should provide support for the complete BPM life-cycle: (re)design, configuration, execution, control, and diagnosis of processes. However, based on an extensive evaluation of the FileNet P8 BPM Suite, we show that existing BPM tools are unable to support the full life-cycle. There are clearly gaps between the various phases (e.g., users need to transfer or interpret information without any support) and some of the phases (e.g., the redesign and diagnosis phases) are not supported sufficiently. This chapter shows that techniques for process mining and intelligent redesign can be used to offer better support for the (re)design and diagnosis phases and, thus, close the BPM life-cycle. We also briefly report on the work done in the context of the ProM tool, which is used as framework to experiment with such techniques.

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