EDOC 2017 will be complemented by several workshops. These workshops are meant to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences between active researchers and practitioners as well as to stimulate discussions on new and emerging issues in line with the conference topics. Workshops may concentrate in-depth on research topics, or may also be devoted to application and/or standardization issues.

EDOC 2017 is glad to be the host of five high-quality satellite workshops:

You will find below a short description of these workshops. For more information, please refer to each workshop’s individual website.

Service-oriented Enterprise Architecture for Enterprise Engineering

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Chairs: Selmin Nurcan, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France; Rainer Schmidt, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Enterprise Engineering (EE) is the application of engineering principles to the design of Enterprise Architectures. It enables deriving the Enterprise Architecture from the enterprise goals and strategy and aligning it with the enterprise resources. Enterprise architecture is used to map the enterprise goal and strategy to the enterprise’s resources (actors, assets, IT supports) and to support the evolution of this mapping. It also provides documentation on the assignment of enterprise resources to the enterprise goals and strategy. There are different paradigms for creating enterprise architecture. The most important is to encapsulate the functionalities of IT resources as services. By this means, it is possible to clearly describe the contributions of IT both in terms of functionality and quality and to define a service-oriented enterprise architecture (SoEA). The goal of the workshop is to develop concepts and methods to assist the engineering and the management of service-oriented enterprise architectures (SoEA) and the software systems supporting them.

Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research

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Chairs: Ulrik Franke, (Swedish Institute of Computer Science (RISE SICS), Stockholm, Sweden), Stephan Aier (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland), Martin Mocker (Reutlingen University, Germany and MIT, USA)

The field of Enterprise Architecture (EA) has gained considerable attention over the last years. EA significantly contributes to organizations’ need to adapt increasingly fast to changing customer requirements and business goals. This need influences the entire chain of activities of an enterprise, from business processes to IT support. Moreover, a change in one component of the overall architecture may influence many other components of the architecture. For example, when a new product is introduced, business processes for production, sales, and after-sales need to be adapted. It may be necessary to change applications, or even adapt the IT infrastructure. Each of these fields will have its own (partial) architectures. To keep the enterprise architecture coherent and aligned with the business goals, the relations between these different architectures must be explicit, and a change should be carried through in all architectures. In contrast to traditional architecture management approaches such as IT architecture, software architecture, or IS architecture, EA explicitly incorporates “pure” business-related artifacts in addition to traditional IS/IT artifacts. For Enterprise Architecture the focus is on the overall enterprise and concerns its organization, its components, the relationship between components, and principles governing its design and evolution.

The international TEAR workshop series brings together Enterprise Architecture (EA) researchers from different research communities and provides a forum to present EA research results and to discuss future EA research directions.

Real-World Object in Business Process Management Systems

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Chairs: Anne Baumgraß (Conclutec UG, Germany); Claudio Di Ciccio (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria); Rik Eshuis (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands); Raphäel Khoury (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada)

The increased availability of sensors disseminated in the world has lead to the possibility to monitor in detail the evolution of several real-world objects of interest. GPS receivers, RFID chips, transponders, detectors, cameras, satellites, etc. concur in the depiction of the current status of monitored things. Therefore, the opportunity arose to connect physical reality to digital information. The screening of real-world objects makes indeed sensors the interface towards real-world information, as they are the originators of machine-readable events. The exploitation of such knowledge is leading to successful applications such as Smart Cities, Flight Monitoring, Pollution Control, Internet of Things, and Dynamic Manufacturing Networks.

The amount of information at hand would consent a fine-grained monitoring, mining, and decision support for business processes, stemming from the joint observation of business-related objects in the real world. However, the main focus of process and data analysis in Business Process Management (BPM) still lies at a high level of abstraction, such as activities’ status, and is based on digital-to-digital information, such as information systems’ data- and activity-centric logs. Furthermore, a limited investigation from the BPM community has been evinced towards the physical-to-digital bridge so far. Such a bridge would be naturally provided by rethought information systems, where the knowledge extracted from real-world objects would best depict the contingencies and the context in which business processes are carried out. At the same time, awareness of physical reality for undertaken actions would allow for a better control over the interaction that the Business Process Management Systems (BPMSs) have with the real world.

The objective of the RW-BPMS workshop is therefore to attract novel research and industry approaches investigating the connection of business processes with real-world objects monitoring. Conceptual, technical and application-oriented contributions are pursued within the scope of this theme.

Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules for the Enterprise

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Chairs: Joao Paulo A. Almeida, Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil; Giancarlo Guizzardi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy; Michael Gruninger, University of Toronto, Canada

The VORTE series of workshops is traditionally devoted to the topics of vocabularies, ontologies and rules in the context of enterprise systems. Examples of topics covered by VORTE research contributions include the development and adaptation of foundational, business and domain ontologies for the enterprise, the use of ontologies and rules in all aspects of enterprise modeling such as business process management and services, the enhancement of rules and services with formal semantics, and the evaluation of such systems and approaches.

From the enterprise system development perspective research topics are focused on relations of process modeling and execution languages with business ontologies and rules, and how business ontologies and rules used in enterprise models are further propagated into technologies (e.g., linked data and semantic web) and architectures (e.g., service-oriented architectures) that enable collaboration between heterogeneous enterprise systems. The workshop also welcomes experience reports and empirical studies that are reporting on the use of ontologies and rules in the enterprise system development lifecycle.

The workshop also welcomes contributions on initiatives related to data on the web, semantic annotation, open linked data, information extraction, ontology learning and update and ontology-based knowledge management as well as empirical studies on these areas.

Adaptive Case Management and other non-workflow approaches to BPM

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Chairs: Irina Rychkova, Université Paris 1; Ilia Bider, Stockholm University; Keith Swenson, Fujitsu America

The sign of our time is the amazing speed with which changes in the business world happen. This requires an increasing agility from the enterprises: their structures, processes and decision-making mechanisms. Started by F. Taylor and H. Ford, a pursuit of process optimization, automation and efficiency resulted in creation of workflow concept, where a process is considered as a (predefined) flow of tasks, where the human involvement is minimized.
Agile enterprise means agile decision making on all levels to quickly react on changes in the world, and even be proactive. In IS engineering, it means greater importance of the role of knowledge worker who has an advantage over any automated workflow of being able to adapt to the situations. A focus on agility requires a paradigm shift in the enterprise computing. A novel paradigm promotes process execution rules being less prescriptive and supports knowledge workers, giving them the opportunity to creatively use their knowledge and experience in volatile environments. These topics are highly relevant to the themes of EDOC.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss theoretical and practical problems and solutions in the area of non-workflow based approaches to BPM in general, and Adaptive Case Management (as a leading movement) in particular. This workshop is aimed to promote new, non-traditional ways of modeling and controlling business processes, the ones that foster collaboration and creativity in the frame of business processes.