From 23th to 25th September the 27nd edition of the “International Symposium on Temporal Representation and Reasoning (TIME)” takes place.
As one of the keynote speakers O.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Johann Eder was invited to talk about “Time and Business Process Management: Problems, Achievements, Challenges.”
Univ.-Ass. Dipl.Ing. Marco Franceschetti and O.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Eder even presented their current work about “Negotiating Temporal Commitments in Cross-Organizational Business Processes.”
O.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Johann Eder:
Time and Business Process Management: Problems, Achievements, Challenges
Processes have been successfully introduced for modeling dynamic phenomena in many areas like business, production, health care, etc. Many of these applications require to adequately deal with temporal aspects. Process models need to express temporal durations, temporal constraints like allowed time between events, and deadlines. For checking the correctness of process definitions with temporal constraints, different notions and algorithms have been developed. Schedules for the execution of processes can be computed and proactive time management supports process managers to avoid time failures during the execution of a process. We present an overview of the problems and the requirements for treating time in business processes and the solutions achieved by applying results and techniques of research in temporal representation and reasoning. We reflect where expectations have not yet been met and sketch challenges in temporal representation and reasoning for addressing advanced requirements of the management of business processes.