CS&E Seminar: Marcello La Rosa - 28 May 2010 - 12.00 @ Aula Magna


Speaker: Marcello La Rosa, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Queensland University of Technology - Brisbane, Australia

Title: Managing Variability in Process-Aware Information Systems

Date: 28 May 2010, 12:00 noon

Location: Aula Magna at DIS

Abstract. Business process configuration deals with the problem of managing families of business process models, i.e. business process models that are similar to one another in many ways, yet differ in some other ways from one organization or industry to another. For example this problem arises in the context of multinational companies that need to localize their business processes to different legislations, or best-practices in a given domain. Re-designing process models every time from scratch is often not a viable option, due the high costs involved. Process configuration proposes to address this problem by integrating similar process models in a single, configurable model, where variation points between the various alternatives are explicitly documented. Business analysis can then configure this model to their needs by removing those process fragments that are irrelevant, thereby reusing proven practices.

This presentation will first show the advantages of process configuration over traditional modeling techniques through the use of a real-life example. Next, it will focus on two shortcomings affecting current approaches for managing configurable process models: i) lack of support for the automatic generation of configurable process models; ii) lack of decision support for non-modeling experts, and will present a viable solution to these issues. Finally, it will discuss research issues that still need to be addressed to enable the large-scale adoption of configurable process models.

Speaker: Marcello La Rosa is a Senior Lecturer in the Business Process Management (BPM) Research Group at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Queensland University of Technology - Brisbane, Australia. He took his Laurea degree in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Torino - Italy in 2005 and his PhD degree with the BPM Research Group in 2009. His research interests include management of large process model collections, process configuration and automation. Marcello is a trainer for continuing professional education courses on BPM related topics, and is actively involved in the YAWL Initiative (www.yawlfoundation.org). More information on him can be found at www.marcellolarosa.com.

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