Change patterns and change support features – Enhancing flexibility in process-aware information systems

Barbara Weber, Manfred Reichert, Stefanie Rinderle-Ma
2008 Data & Knowledge Engineering  
Companies increasingly adopt process-aware information systems (PAISs), which offer promising perspectives for more flexible enterprise computing. The emergence of different process support paradigms and the lack of methods for comparing existing approaches enabling PAIS changes have made the selection of adequate process management technology difficult. This paper suggests a set of 18 change patterns and 7 change support features to foster the systematic comparison of existing process
more » ... t technology in respect to process change support. While the proposed patterns are all based on empirical evidence from several large case studies, the suggested change support features constitute typical functionalities provided by flexible PAISs. Based on the proposed change patterns and features, we provide a detailed analysis and evaluation of selected approaches from both academia and industry. The presented work will not only facilitate the selection of technologies for realizing flexible PAISs, but can also be used as a reference for implementing flexible PAISs.
doi:10.1016/j.datak.2008.05.001 fatcat:zsg26snxc5bhfn4sj5727rkjr4