The 9th Workshop on Business Process Modeling, Development, and Support (BPMDS'08)

Venue: Montpellier University 2

Location: Montpellier, France

Event Date/Time: Jun 16, 2008 End Date/Time: Jun 17, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 15, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Feb 15, 2008
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Business processes have a life-cycle that comprises three phases, design, deployment, operation and evaluation. The design phase starts with requirements definition and ends with the implementation of the business process. In the deployment phase, the business process is tested under performance, compliance considerations etc. It is also verified for fulfilling the customer’s requirements. After successful testing, the business process is released to operation. In the operation and evaluation phase, the business process is measured and analyzed during operation to identify improvements.

Each of the phases has one or more purposes. Examples for the purposes of the phases are given on the left. The design phase has the purpose to align the business process with the requirements of the business and to assure its compliance with legal rules etc. The deployment phase has the purpose to verify that the process fits the customer’s requirements to test its performance and to put it into production. In the operation & evaluation phase, evaluation serves the purpose to enhance and improve the process. Nevertheless the process has to be flexible while supporting the business goals.

The BPMDS workshop 2008 is the 9th in a series of workshops designed according to the following principles:

1. A workshop should serve as a meeting place for researchers and practitioners in two fields:
a. business development and
b. business applications (software) development

2. Each workshop has its own, relatively narrow focus to facilitate meaningful discussions and brainstorming.

During the previous BPMDS workshops, we discussed various issues that could be related to different, but isolated phases in the life-cycle of a business process. In the BMPDS08 workshop (, we will focus on the interaction between two or more phases of the life-cycle, as well as the holistic view of the whole life-cycle. Furthermore, the relationship between the phases and their associated purposes shall be investigated. Therefore, we will accept only contributions covering two or more phases of the lifecycle, or process life-cycle management in general.


The main issues for discussion are:
· Goals and approaches for Business process life-cycles and their applicability
· Approaches, methods and technologies for the coupling of life-cycle phases
· Management of the business process lifecycle
· Support for the business process lifecycle
· Metrics and continuous improvement of processes in the life-cycle
· Evaluation and improvement may be practiced (i) in a stable state of the organization, but also and probably often (ii) because the environment changes.
- Case (i) is related to the quality (management) aspects and to the continuous improvement
- Case (ii) is related to the change management and BP transformation
In both cases, we probably can/should have some topics (i) about the link between the BP, its improvement, and the support systems (not only BPMS), and (ii) the decision issues involved in all stages, illustrated in the wheel above.

Examples of more concrete topics include, but are not limited to:
· Life-cycles for special types of business processes
· Process and information integration in business process life-cycles
· Processes for the management of business process life-cycles
· Software systems to support the business process life-cycle
· Metrics for business process life-cycles
· Business Activity Monitoring (BAM)
· Specific transitions in the BP life-cycle:
- Design to deployment modeling, verification, alignment, organizational issues, etc.
- Operation to redesign monitoring, mining, learning, etc.


Papers submission deadline: February 15th, 2008

Prospective workshop participants are invited to submit a position paper related to one or more of the main topics. The paper selection will be based upon the relevance of a paper to the main topics, as well as upon its quality and potential to generate relevant discussion. Papers should be emailed to


The aim of the workshop is discussions, rather than presentations. To this end, position papers of up to 2500 words are sought. A position paper does not necessarily need to include answers to the problems described above. Position papers that raise relevant questions, or describe successful or unsuccessful practice, or describe experience will all be welcome. Short papers of up to 1000 words can also be submitted, and will be assigned a 10 minutes presentation. All papers will be published on our website before the workshop, so that everybody can learn about the problems that are important for other participants.


Accepted papers will be published in the CAiSE'08 workshops proceedings. Based on the discussions, a working document will be produced to summarize the results and outline the promising directions in the field.
After the workshop, the workshop material together with a selection of the best papers will be considered for publishing in a special issue of an international journal.


Submission deadline: February 15th 2008
Notification of acceptance: March 21st 2008
Camera-ready papers due: April 8th 2008


Selmin Nurcan, University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France.
Rainer Schmidt, Aalen University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
Pnina Soffer, University of Haifa, Israel.


Ilia Bider, IbisSoft, Sweden.
Ian Alexander, Scenario Plus, UK.
Lars Taxén, Linköping University, Sweden.
Gil Regev, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.


Ian Alexander Scenario Plus, UK
Ilia Bider IbisSoft, Stockholm, Sweden
Signe Ellegaard Borch - IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Elke Hochmuller Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Klagenfurt, Austria
Paul Johannesson Royal University of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Marite Kirikova Riga Technical University, Latvia
Agnes Koschmider University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Peri Loucopoulos Loughborough University, UK
Jan Mendling Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Murali Mohan Narasipuram City University of Hong Kong
Selmin Nurcan University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, France
L. F. Pau Erasmus University, Netherlands
Jan Recker Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Gil Regev Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne, Switzerland
Manfred Reichert University of Ulm, Germany
Peter Rittgen University College of Borås, Sweden
Michael Rosemann Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Rainer Schmidt - University of Applied Sciences, Aalen, Germany
Pnina Soffer University of Haifa, Israel
Markus Strohmaier University of Toronto, Canada
Lars Taxén, Linköping University, Sweden
Barbara Weber University of Insbruk, Austria
Jelena Zdravkovic Royal University of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden